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*For Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha see below

Divine Liturgy on Regular Sundays:  9:45am 

Confessions:  Prior to 9:35am, or by appointment during the week


2018 Great Lent and Holy Week Schedule


It is time to get right with God again.  That is what Great Lent is all about. 


*Note, the rule to be in Church by the Gospel to take communion is dispensed for all evening communion services when coming from work or school, provided other preparatory requirements are met.

**Note, all times are approximate, and while this schedule will remain intact, due to unforeseen events a few service times are subject to change.  Please look for updates in bulletin, on website, or on facebook. 





9:15am Confessions 

9:45am  Divine Liturgy with forgiveness prayers followed by rite of forgiveness   (*Great Lent begins this evening)


Feb 19 PURE MONDAY, the first day of Great Lent

7pm  Great Canon of Repentance (part 1) by St. Andrew of Crete


Feb 20 First Tuesday of Great Lent 

7pm  Great Canon of Repentance (part 2) by St. Andrew of Crete


Feb 21 First Wednesday of Great Lent

7pm Great Canon of Repentance


Feb 22 First Thursday of Great Lent

7:30pm  Great Canon of Repentance (section for Thursday) by St. Andrew of Crete


Feb 23  First Friday of Great Lent


4:30pm  Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts celebrated by Met. Antony

*Note, to take Communion at this Liturgy fasting foods sparingly during the day (no meat), and cease eating altogether following midday light fasting lunch (unless medical needs demand otherwise). 

Dinner & Keynote speaker following


Feb 24 Theodore Saturday

Full Day Retreat at Bethany Center


Feb 25 Sunday of Orthodoxy

10am Hierarchical Divine Liturgy

Lenten meal following Liturgy

*Need help with the meal following


Feb 28 Wednesday

7pm  Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (see guidelines for Communion)


Mar 2 Friday

11:45am Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts


March 4 Second Sunday of Lent (St. Gregory Palamas)

9:45am Divine Liturgy

5pm-6pm Pan-Orthodox Vespers (see schedule for location)


Mar 7 Wednesday

7pm   Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (see guidelines for Communion)


March 11 Sunday of the Holy Cross (3rd in Lent)

9:45am Liturgy

5pm-6pm Pan-Orthodox Vespers


Sunday March 18  Sunday of the Ladder

9:15am Confession 

9:45am Divine Liturgy followed by fellowship

5pm Pan-Orthodox Vespers (see schedule for location)


Wednesday March 21

3:15pm-4:15pm Presanctified Liturgy

7pm-7:40pm  Great Canon of Repentance


Friday March 23

11:30am Presanctified Liturgy

4:30-5:15pm Salutations to the Theotokos (Akathyst)


Sunday March 25  Holy Annunciation (Conception of Christ), St. Mary of Egypt

9:15am-9:40am Confession

9:45am Divine Liturgy

Fellowship following Liturgy (fish dinner following?)


March 28 Wednesday of Lazarus Week

7pm-8pm Vespers/Liturgy of Presanctified 


Friday March 30   End of Great Lent, Eve of Lazarus Saturday

7pm-8pm Vespers with Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts for Lazarus Saturday 


Great and Holy Week

Palm Sunday April 1

9:15am Palm Sunday Matins

9:40am Blessing of Palms & Branches

9:45am:  Liturgy of the Triumphal Entry of the King of kings 

(traditional fish dinner following?)


Holy Monday April 2  Holy Monday 

7pm-7:30pm  Bridegroom Matins 


Holy Tuesday April 3 

6:30pm-7:30pm  Bridegroom Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (Communion service)


Holy Wednesday April 4 

7pm-7:30pm Holy Unction—the Sacrament of holy anointing for physical and spiritual health.  You must be an Orthodox Christian in good standing to receive.  This is a brief service when there is a single priest serving, which is the case here.  


Great Thursday April 5 Great Thursday (Eve of Great Friday)

3:15pm-4:30pm Mystical Supper Liturgy w/ footwashing (Communion service)

7:30pm-8:30pm Strasti Matins (Passion of Christ—12 Gospels, procession with cross, setting out of cross in middle of church)


Great Friday April 6

11:30am Royal Hours of the Crucifixion (~30 min.) followed by setup for Holy Friday evening service

*6:30pm-8pm Taking down from Cross and Burial service (Shroud, Plaschanitsa, Epitaphios)

Grave watching (all night following Shroud service)


Great Saturday & Resurrection Sunday (Pascha) April 7 & 8

3pm-4:20pm (Saturday afternoon) “First Resurrection” Liturgy (of St. Basil), featuring the Old Testament prophesying the Resurrection of Christ and the “Arise O God.”  This Liturgy commemorates Christ’s conquering and rising in soul from Hades as its conqueror (although not yet His rising bodily, which takes place at later service).  During this service, Holy Saturday is liturgically brought to a close and Resurrection Sunday Liturgically begins (based on the Biblical Day—the day begins at evening).  During the service, all of the decorations are changed over from purple to white. 

Resurrection Midnight Vigil

*10:30pm-1pm  Nocturnes, Procession (w/fireworks), Resurrection Matins, Hours, followed immediately by midnight Liturgy, followed by Resurrection feast in hall from baskets, “run for the tomb” for kids, and outdoor Paschal fire.  *Bring pillows for kids to lay down if they get tired during the service. 

Late Sunday morning/early afternoon

11:45am Pro-Liturgy (for those who were not able to make it to midnight)

12:20pm Paschal sermon

12:30pm Paschal Vespers of Love (Agape Vespers)

1pm Resurrection Luncheon ?  Egg hunt ?  We would need some help. 

Bright Monday Apr. 9:  7pm  Paschal Vespers (~30 min), continuing the week-long celebration of the Resurrection

Bright Wednesday Apr. 10:  7pm Paschal Vespers (~30 min), continuing the week-long celebration of the Resurrection

Bright Friday Apr. 13:  10am Paschal Liturgy of Bright Friday (Life-giving Spring) ~50 min.

St. Thomas Sunday (New Sunday)  9:45am Divine Liturgy


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Sunday, March 25th
9:45 Sunday Divine Liturgy
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9:45 Sunday Divine Liturgy
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Sunday, April 22nd
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