Schedule of Services & Events for April & the Beginning of May, 2014
4/1 – Tuesday 5:30 PM Orthodox Christian Fellowship meeting at the University of MD Garden Chapel, College Park, Presanctified Liturgy and Bible Study
4/2 – Wednesday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour – the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and the Reading of the Life of St. Mary of Egypt
4/3 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal
4/5 – Saturday 5 PM Evening Vigil
4/6 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great – Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, the Commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt
4/6 – Sunday 1:30 PM Visit of the Icon of the Mother of God, “Softener of Evil Hearts” with the Akathist and prayers for the sick and for the parish.
4/6 – Sunday 6:30 PM Evening Vigil
4/7 – Monday 8:40 AM Hours, Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom - The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary – The Annunciation is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the Church
4/7 – 7:00 PM Parish Council Meeting
4/8 – Tuesday 5:30 PM Orthodox Christian Fellowship meeting at the University of MD Garden Chapel, College Park, Lenten Service and Bible Study
4/9 – Wednesday 6:30 PM General Unction for the Parish – The great mystery (sacrament) of Holy Unction is the Orthodox healing service – It is for baptized Orthodox Christians for general healing and to cleanse forgotten sins. The service of Holy Unction is not a substitute for confession
4/10 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal
4/11 – Friday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour
4/12 – Saturday 8:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy – Lazarus Saturday – After a brief agape meal, we will prepare the palms and pussy willows and generally clean and tidy up of the church – Anyone who has prepared (by repentance and confession) and received the Holy Mysteries today may continue to receive through Pascha without repeating confession
4/12 – Saturday 5:00 PM All-Night Vigil
4/13 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy, the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday – One of the 12 great Feasts of the Church – Anyone who has prepared (by repentance and confession) and received the Holy Mysteries today may continue to receive through Pascha without repeating confession
4/13 – Sunday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour – Bridegroom Service for Great & Holy Monday
4/14 – Monday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour – Bridegroom Service for Great & Holy Tuesday
4/15 – Tuesday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour – Bridegroom Service for Great & Holy Wednesday
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
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
4/24 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal
4/26 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil
4/27 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours & Divine Liturgy – Second Sunday of Pascha – St. Thomas Sunday “Antipascha”