Holy Week & Easter

Saturday, April 4, 2020

LAZARUS SATURDAY

The Great Fast (40 days) ends on Friday, April 3. Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday form a short and joyous prelude to the days of grief which will follow. Bethany is the place of Lazarus’ resurrection, and is also the point of departure for Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. On this Saturday, we go to Bethany, to Lazarus’s tomb. We want to meet Jesus at Bethany and to start Holy Week with Him, close to Him. Jesus invites us to be there, and He waits for us.

9:00 am           Divine Liturgy and Holy Anointing (Bilingual)

1:00 pm           First Solemn Confession & Rehearsal

3:30 pm           Great Vespers and Lytia

5:00 pm           Divine Liturgy (Bilingual, for Palm Sunday)

 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

PALM SUNDAY

The public ministry of Jesus ends with two great events: the raising of Lazarus from the dead, and the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. These two events, witnessed by many people, give testimony that Jesus is not only the promised Messiah, but He is also the Son of the living God. He is the Lord of the living and the dead. The blessing of willows will take place at each Divine Liturgy.

7:00 am           Great Matins

9:00 am           Divine Liturgy & Solemn Holy Communion (Bilingual)

11:00 am           Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian)

 

Monday, April 6

Holy Monday

Holy Monday announces the Second Coming of the Son of Man, at the end of time. His return will be sudden and unexpected. He will return in power and glory, “as the lighting that comes from the East.”

7:30 am         Bridegroom Matins

 

Tuesday, April 7

Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday continues to develop the theme of the coming of Christ and the judgment He will exercise over men. However, on this day, we concentrate on the importance of spiritual attentiveness, vigilance, and inner preparation.

7:30 am         Bridegroom Matins

 

Wednesday, April 8

Holy Wednesday

Holy Wednesday presents to us the contrast of two figures, two states of the soul. We remember the action of the woman, who at Bethany, came to pour a jar of precious ointment on Jesus’s head; and the action of the disciple, Judas, who betrayed his Master. It was Judas who protested in response to the woman’s action. Jesus approved of the woman’s action, because it was an act of genuine love and worship, expressed in anticipation of His death and burial. The Sacrament of Holy Anointing is administered to all who desire to receive spiritual and physical relief.

7:30 am           Bridegroom Matins

5:30 am           Presanctified Liturgy & Holy Anointing

 

Thursday, April 9

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday takes us into the Mystery of the Passover. It both commemorates and makes present to us the first part of this mystery, the part that unfolded in the Upper Room. The Lord Jesus, really present both as He who distributes and as He who is distributed, gives Himself to us in the Eucharist. All faithful Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe that in Holy Communion, they receive the most holy and precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, their Lord and Saviour. On Holy Thursday, after the Upper Room and the Last Supper, we follow Jesus to the Garden of Olives: his priestly prayer, arrest, and passion. We follow Him, not as the Apostle Peter, but as the Apostle John, His Blessed Mother, and the holy women, who did not abandon Him.

10:00 am           Hierarchical Vespers (with Old Testament Readings)

11:00 am          Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great | Consecration of Holy Chrism | Foot Washing

12:00 noon      Holy Thursday Supper (in the Parish Hall)

7:00 pm           Matins and the Twelve Passion Gospels

Friday, April 10, 2020

HOLY FRIDAY

On Holy Friday, we remain with Jesus in the moments of His passion, His trial before Pilate, His scourging, His sentencing, the carrying of the cross, His crucifixion, death, and burial. During the Vespers Service, we join Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, to take down Jesus’s body from cross, to bound it in linen cloths with spices, to carry it in procession, and place it reverently in a new tomb, in a garden nearby. On this day, we observe a strict fast, with abstinence from all meat, eggs, and dairy products.

7:30 am            Royal Hours

11:00 am          Vespers & Veneration of the Holy Shroud

7:00 pm            Jerusalem Matins & All-Night Vigil

Saturday, April 11, 2020

HOLY SATURDAY

On Holy Saturday, the Church directs our attention to the tomb. Even in death, the Lord observes the Sabbath. While His incorruptible Divine Body rests peacefully in the tomb, His Divine Soul rests in Hades, dispelling its darkness with Divine Light of His presence, awaiting the moment of Resurrection.

9:00 am           Baptisms and Chrismations

10:00 am         Vespers (with Old Testament Readings)

11:00 am        Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

2:00 pm         Blessing of Easter Baskets (Parish Hall)

3:00 pm         Blessing of Easter Baskets (Parish Hall)

4:00 pm         Blessing of Easter Baskets (Parish Hall)

6:00 pm        Midnight Office (Nadhrobne) | Transfer of the Holy Shroud to the Altar | Removal of the Tomb

 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

HOLY PASCHA – EASTER SUNDAY

The Sunday of the Resurrection is called the “solemnity of solemnities.” It is at the heart of the Christian year. However, it is inseparable from the Mystical Supper (Thursday), the crucifixion and burial (Friday). Holy Pascha is the Lord’s “Passover” from this life, through death, to new Life.

7:00 am         Procession | Resurrection Matins (Bilingual) | Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian)

10:00 am      Divine Liturgy (English)

                       Blessing of Easter Baskets (outside, weather permitting) – after each Divine Liturgy

 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Bright Monday

10:00 am      Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Bright Tuesday

10:00 am      Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Bright Wednesday

7:30 am      Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Bright Thursday

7:30 am      Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)

 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Bright Friday

7:30 am      Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)

 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Bright Saturday

9:00 am           Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)

4:00 pm           Great Vespers

5:00 pm           Divine Liturgy (Bilingual) – For Thomas Sunday

 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

THOMAS SUNDAY

7:30 am           Great Matins

9:00 am           Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

9:30 am           Divine Liturgy (English)

11:00 am         Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian)

 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN

7:30 am           Great Matins

9:30 am           Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

10:00 am        One Divine Liturgy (Bilingual)

11:30 am         Parish Easter Brunch (Parish Hall)