"People don't see the importance of the Triduum. We have such poor numbers at church," he said. "I really encourage families, especially those with younger people at home, to go experience the whole thing like a three-part movie."
Not just a day
In the Catholic Church, Easter is the most important feast day, even more so than Christmas, because it celebrates Jesus' resurrection.
"The greatest sign of Jesus being the Son of God is that he rose from the dead," Father Nigli said. "Everybody's born, but rising from the dead - that's the part where we are certain that Jesus Christ has power over life and death."
And because of its importance, Easter is more than just a day. It's a seven-week season of the church year. The 50 days begin at sundown the evening before Easter Sunday and last until Pentecost Sunday, which is considered the birthday of the church.
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Father Nigli said the Easter season is the time for new Catholics - those who came into the church at the Easter Vigil - to experience mystagogia, which is "the unraveling or unpacking of the church's mysteries and sacraments."
All other Catholics, Father Nigli said, are called to celebrate at the same time a renewal of their own faith.
"That is why we have the baptismal water sprinkling rite ... that we are renewed in our own baptismal promises and take a new vigor in our faith," he said.