The Great Fast began March 3rd; – Consult your calendars for the rule of the great fast for each day, also consult with one of the priests
4/16 – Wednesday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour
4/17 – Thursday 8:40 AM Hours, Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil for Great & Holy Thursday – Traditional time for all to participate in the Holy Mysteries – All read the final preparation prayers together immediately before reception – Anyone who has prepared (by repentance and confession) and received the Holy Mysteries today may continue to receive through Pascha without repeating confession. After the Liturgy we will have a potluck agape meal. Please bring a dish to share.
4/17 – Thursday 6:30 PM Matins for Holy & Great Friday – the Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels – At the end, the faithful take home their lighted candles and make the sign of the Cross in the center of every doorway in the house – The table to hold the Epitaphion is set in place and decorated after this service
4/18 – Friday 9:00 AM Royal Hours of Great & Holy Friday
4/18 – Friday 1:00 PM Vespers of Great & Holy Friday – the Veneration of the Tomb of Christ, represented by the Epitaphion – The image of the tomb of the Lord is brought out from the altar for veneration – There is no Divine Liturgy today – The faithful fast before the veneration as if in preparation for receiving the Holy Mysteries
4/18 – Friday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour of Great & Holy Saturday – Lamentations & Procession with the Epitaphion of Christ – The procession circumnavigates once the building that holds our church following the image of his life-giving tomb
4/19 – Saturday 8:40 AM Hours, Vespers & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil for Great & Holy Saturday – There are many scripture readings during this service – if you wish to take part, speak with the Choir Director, Nicholas Baumann
4/19 – Saturday 10:30 PM Reading of the Acts of the Apostles – The custom is to read the Acts in as many languages as possible – If you wish to take part, please contact the coordinator, Cyril Shillenn
Paschal foods will be blessed before the Midnight Office, and again after the Paschal Liturgy.
4/19 – Saturday 11:30 PM Midnight Office for Holy & Great Saturday
4/20 – Sunday 12:00 AM Matins, Hours & Divine Liturgy – the Bright & Glorious Resurrection of Christ – Holy Pascha – Paschal Matins begins with the procession three times around the building and the proclamation of “Christ is Risen!” – We break the Lenten fast at the church directly after Divine Liturgy, consuming the blessed eggs and other feasting foods we have brought
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!
Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη!
4/20 – Sunday 1:00 PM Paschal Vespers
4/20 – Sunday after Vespers, beginning about 2:00 PM, a festive reception and pot luck meal at the Rectory – All are invited to attend – All are also welcome to bring a dish for all to share – Add you contribution to the sign up sheet and coordinate with Matushka Deborah Johnson