Holy Week And Pascha
Palm Sunday, April 17 (Holy Week begins at sundown. The normal morning services are not listed, as they are not part of Holy Week)
Holy Monday, April 18
Holy Tuesday, April 19
Holy Wednesday, April 20
Holy Thursday, April 21
- 9am: Mystical Supper Liturgy
- 7pm: 12 Gospels and Procession
Holy Friday, April 22
- 10am: Decorate Shroud (ladies only)
- 3pm: Vespers
- 7pm: Lamentations
- Following Lamentations, all are invited to help decorate the church
Holy Saturday, April 23
- 7pm: Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA, Sunday, April 24
- 8am: Matins and Procession, followed by Paschal Divine Liturgy
- 12pm: Agape Vespers
The Sunday of the Last Judgment is also known as Meatfare Sunday, or Carnival Sunday.
This is the last day that meat can be eaten before the Lenten fast.
Dairy products are allowed on each day of this week, even Wednesday and Friday.
The next Sunday is the Sunday of Cheesefare, It is the last day that dairy products can be eaten prior to the commencement of Great Lent.
“‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’”
Theophany House Blessings
During the days following the Feast of the Theophany (January 6th), it is customary for the Priest to visit the homes of his parishioners, bringing with him the “Jordan Water” for the traditional Theophany House Blessing. All who reside in the household should make every effort to be present for the Blessing.
In anticipation a lampada, or candle should be prepared with an icon. Upon the arrival of the Priest, he is to be greeted by all of the family members, each of whom asks the Priest’s blessing and reverences his right hand. Then a family member lights the lampada (or candle) and turns off all televisions, radios, etc. in the home. Lights should be turned on in all the rooms of the house that are to be blessed. Then the entire family gathers with the Priest before the icon corner (or table) to begin the Theophany House Blessing. All areas of the home will be blessed, messy or not. We bless the mess too. All pets included. And cars.
This is a great way to begin the new year with the cleansing of the home with holy water.
Holy water is always available at the back of the nave for use all year. Drinking everyday is recommended, or at least when feeling ill.