2017 Lent and Holy Week Schedule

Third Saturday of Souls Liturgy
Saturday, March 4 at 9:00 AM

Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts
Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 at 6:15 PM

Friday, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 7:00 PM

Annunciation Liturgy
Saturday, March 25 at 9:00 AM

Brief Introduction to the Services of Lent

SATURDAY of SOULS LITURGIES On the two Saturdays before Lent and the first Saturday of Lent we celebrate Liturgies in which we commemorate our loved ones who have passed on. Lists of names are brought, together with special wheat dishes (kolyva). But it's not a requirement to bring kolyva. Since Lent is a time of reflection on life and death, it is appropriate to get in the Lenten spirit with these commemorations.

LITURGY OF PRE-SANCTIFIED GIFTS This Wednesday-night Liturgy is the most popular of our Lenten services. It is very different from the Liturgy that we're used to. It features Communion from Gifts that were consecrated at the Liturgy of the preceding Sunday hence the name pre-sanctified. After every Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts we share a communal pot-luck dinner. Only non-meat, non-dairy dishes are brought.

HERETISMI This service is not, strictly speaking, a Lenten service. It is connected to the Feast of Annunciation, which invariably falls during Lent hence the occurrence of these Friday-night services during Lent. On the fifth Friday of Lent we sing the Akathist, a complex Byzantine poem of praise and devotion to Mary. On the first four Fridays, we sing portions of the Akathist in the form of Heretismi (Salutations to Mary).

SUNDAYS OF LENT We celebrate the Liturgy of St. Basil instead of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The main difference is that the prayers of St. Basil are much longer than the ones of St. Chrysostom and offer a profounder expression of our beliefs about God's providence and work of salvation.

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Sat., April  8 -  9:00 am  Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday. 
                           Preparation of Palm Crosses
Sun., April 9 - 10:00 am Palm Sunday Liturgy, followed by Fish Dinner
Sun., April 9 - 7:00 pm Nymphios Service Bridegroom Matins
Mon., April 10 - 7:00 pm Nymphios Service Bridegroom Matins
Tue., April 11 - 7:00 pm Nymphios Service Bridegroom Matins
Wed., April 12 - 4:00 pm The Sacrament of Holy Unction
Annointing will be available until 6:30 PM
Thu., April 13 - 9:00 am Liturgy of Holy Thursday
Thu., April 13 - 7:00 pm Passion Service with the Twelve Gospel Readings
Fri., April 14 - 4:00 pm Descent from the Cross
Fri., April 14 - 7:00 pm Epitaphios Matins of Holy Saturday
with procession outdoors (weather permitting)
Sat., April 15 - 9:00 am Liturgy of Holy Saturday
Sun., April 16 - 11:30 am Agape Vespers of Pascha

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