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Schedule of Services & Events for April and the Beginning of May, 2015

 

All services & events are at church unless otherwise specified

 

4/1 – 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

 

4/2 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal

 

4/3 – Friday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour

4/4 – 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

 

4/4 – Saturday 5:00 PM All-Night Vigil

4/5– 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

 

4/5 – Sunday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour – Bridegroom Service for Great & Holy Monday

 

4/6 – Monday 6:30 PM Evening Vigil of Compline and Matins

4/7 – Tuesday 8:40 AM Hours, Vespers & Divine Liturgy – The Annunciation by Archangel Gabriel to the Most Holy Theotokos – One of the 12 Great Feasts of the Church

 

4/7 – Tuesday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour – Bridegroom Service for Great & Holy Wednesday

 

4/8 – Wednesday 6:30 PM Matins & First Hour

4/9 – 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

 

4/9 – 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

 

4/10 – Friday 9:00 AM Royal Hours of Great & Holy Friday

4/10 – 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

 

4/10 – 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

 

4/11 – 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

 

4/11 – 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.

 

4/11 – Saturday 11:30 PM Midnight Office for Holy & Great Saturday

4/12 – 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!

 

4/12 – Sunday 1:00 PM Paschal Vespers

4/12 – 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

 

4/14 – Tuesday 5:30 PM Orthodox Christian Fellowship meeting at the University of MD Garden Chapel, College Park for Worship and Bible Study

 

4/14 – Tuesday 7:00 PM Parish Council Meeting

 

4/16 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal

 

4/18 – Saturday 5:00 Evening Vigil

4/19 – Sunday 9:40 Hours & Divine Liturgy – Antipascha – Thomas Sunday

 

4/21 – Tuesday 5:30 PM Orthodox Christian Fellowship meeting at the University of MD Garden Chapel, College Park for Lenten Worship and Bible Study

 

4/21 – Tuesday 7:00 PM Memorial Service for Elizabeth Chisholm

 

4/23 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal

 

4/25 – Saturday 5:00 PM Evening Vigil

4/26 – Sunday 9:40 AM Hours and Divine Liturgy – 3rd Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, St. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

 

4/30 – Thursday 7-9 PM Choir Rehearsal

 

5/2 – 5:00 PM Evening Vigil

5/3 – 9:40 AM  Hours & Divine Liturgy – 4th Sunday of Pascha – Sunday of the Paralytic – Archimandrite Demetrios Carellas, a noted Orthodox Speaker and Teacher, will be with us today and talk to us on the subject of Love after the Divine Liturgy

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