Holy Week Schedule

We hope you can join us for the many services held during Holy Week:

  • Great Monday, April 18, 7:00 pm BRIDEGROOM SERVICE — The account of the wise and foolish virgins reminds us of the need to be watchful at all times, expecting the arrival of Christ.
  • Great Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 pm BRIDEGROOM SERVICE — The anointing of Christ by the woman at Bethany reminds us of our sinfulness and our need for humility and mercy.  The hymn of St. Cassiani calls us to pursue a spirit of reflection and repentance.
  • Great Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 pm — SACRAMENT OF HOLY UNCTIONThe sacrament of Holy Unction is celebrated for the healing of our souls and bodies.  The themes of the seven Epistle and Gospel readings are:  repentance, forgiveness, and healing.
  • Great and Holy Thursday, April 21
    • 9:30 am — DIVINE LITURGY The Mystical Supper of Christ with His disciples is remembered as He offers the Mystery of His Boday and Blood for our salvation.  He commands us “do this in memory of Me.”
    • 7:00 pm — THE SERVICE OF THE PASSION GOSPELS The passion and death of Our Lord and Saviour.  The life giving Cross is placed in the center of the church for our contemplation and veneration.
    • 10:00 pm – 9:00 am — ALL NIGHT VIGIL Following the service we remain in church throughout the night keeping watch near the Cross of Christ.  The Psalter and Gospels are read along with accounts from the lives of the saints.
  • Great and Holy Friday, April 22nd
    • 9:00 am THE ROYAL HOURS & VESPERS, and the decorating of the tomb, commemorating the removal of the Holy Body from the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
    • 7:00 pm — ORTHOS WITH THE LAMENTATIONS OF THE THEOTOKOSThe life giving death of the Cross of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the removal of His sacred body and the placing in the tomb are commemorated.  As we relive these events we are reminded that the most beloved One has given over His very life for our sake.  The sacred shroud and decorated bier are carried in funderal procession around the outside of the church ase we relive the burial of our Lord.
  • Great and Holy Saturday, April 23rd
    • 9:30 am DIVINE LITURGY — The tomb of Our Lord is our focus as we realize the death and burial of Christ and anxiously anticipate the joy of His Resurrection.  The morning is one of both sorrow and joy.  During Liturgy, we scatter bay leaves and rose petals, ancient signs of victory and the return of a king, to acknowledge Christ’s victory over death.
    • 10:30 pm — RUSH PROCESSION AND RESURRECTION MATINS
  • GREAT AND GLORIOUS PASCHA, April 24
    • Midnight — PASCHAL DIVINE LITURGY — The Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the sign of universal life.  The ‘true light’ is offered and a candle lit procession makes its way around the church reminding us that the Light has overthrown the darkness.  Blessed red eggs are offered as a sign of new life.  The Paschal exclamation ‘Christ is Risen’ is offered and exchanged.  The Paschal Liturgy is celebrated in the light filled church as if in the light giving tomb of the Resurrection.
    • 12:00 pm — AGAPE VESPERS OF THE RESURRECTION — The joyous Resurrection of Christ is announced and celebrated with the reading of the Resurrection Gospel in many languages.
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