Great and Holy Week Schedule 2012

crucifixLAZARUS SATURDAY
Friday, April 6
5:00 pm Vigil; of Lazarus Saturday
Saturday, April 7
9:00 am Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
5:00 pm Vigil of Palm Sunday – Blessing of Palms

PALM AND FLOWERY SUNDAY – The Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem
Sunday, April 8
9:45 am – Hours – Bud Graham
10:00 am – Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom – Flowery Sunday
Epistle Reader –Bud Graham
EPISTLE: Philippians 4:4-9 GOSPEL: John 12:1-18
5:00 pm – Matins of the Bridegroom – Sad Sunday

GREAT AND HOLY BRIDEGROOM MONDAY
Monday, April 9 – 6:00 pm – Matins of the Bridegroom

GREAT AND HOLY BRIDEGROOM TUESDAY
Tuesday, April 10 – 6:00 pm – Matins of the Bridegroom

GREAT AND HOLY BRIDEGROOM WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, April 11 – 6:00 pm – The Mystery of Holy Unction

GREAT AND HOLY BRIDEGROOM THURSDAY
Thursday, April 12
10:00 am – Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great
6:00 pm – Matins of Great and Holy Friday -Twelve Passion Gospels

GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY
Friday, April 13
9:00 am – Royal Hours – Christ hangs on the Cross
6:00 pm – Great Vespers and Lamentations – Christ dies on the Cross, is buried and descends into hell

GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY
Saturday, April 14
10:00 am – Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
11:30 pm – Nocturnes

HOLY PASCHA

The Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Sunday, April 15

12:00 Midnight – Resurrection Matins Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
11:00 am – Agape Vespers of Holy Pascha

Notes on Holy Week & Holy Pashca:

Children – This is a memorable time in the young lives of our children. They may be tired and even fall asleep during the Midnight service (and that’s O.K.) – but they will never forget the experience of going to Church late at night, walking in the procession with their candles around the church and the joy of that celebration. The children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets for blessing in the Church Hall.

Pussy Willows for Palm Sunday – Palms and Palm Crosses will be blessed and distributed for Palm Sunday. Traditionally, Pussy Willows are also blessed on this day. If you have the availability of willows, please cut them bring them to Church before Palm Sunday. . Thank you!

Good Friday and Pascha Flowers – Flowers adorned the Cross on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross (March 18), and will adorn the tomb of our Lord on Good Friday, April 13; and the Altar area on Pascha, April 15. Please make your donations at the candle Desk for the flowers and decorations for these celebrations.

Good Friday Preparations – Following the 9:00 a.m. morning Service of the Royal Hours on Good Friday, April 13, the tomb of Good Friday will be decorated with flowers in preparation for receiving the Shroud of our Lord at the evening service of Great Vespers and Lamentations at 6:00 p.m. We need your helping hands. Whatever you can do and how much time you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Paschal Breakfast and Basket Blessing – Following the Midnight Services of Pascha, the blessing of the Paschal Baskets and Paschal Foods for the traditional breakfast will be held in the Church Hall. Our children are encouraged to bring their basket of “goodies” for the Blessing.

Paschal Red Eggs – Everyone is asked to bring one (1) dozen of red eggs that will be blessed and distributed in Church. Please bring the eggs to the Church Office.

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