Welcome to the St Vasilios Church website. Outlined below is the Weekly Program of church services and activities for the current week.
HOLY WEEK 2019
Fr Ephraim and Fr Athanasios, The Church Committee,
the Ladies’ Philoptohos Group, the Sunday School Teachers
and Christian Youth Group of our Church
wish all the community a
BLESSED HOLY WEEK AND JOYOUS HOLY PASCHA
PROGRAM & READINGS FOR HOLY WEEK/ PASCHA 2019
SATURDAY 20 APRIL † LAZARUS SATURDAY
7.00 – 10.00am Divine Liturgy
Lazarus was raised from the dead by our Lord. The Church names this day the “Saturday of Lazarus” in remembrance of the resurrection of Lazarus and its promise of universal resurrection for all men.
5.00pm Great Vespers (Palm Sunday Vespers)
SUNDAY 21 APRIL † PALM SUNDAY (fish permitted)
• 7.30 – 11.00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy (Philippians 4:4-9, John 12:1-18)
Jesus enters Jerusalem as King and the people lay palm branches along the road to greet Him. We receive palm branches on this day to acknowledge that we accept Jesus as our King.
• 7.00pm Evening Service of the Bridegroom ( ΤΟΥ ΝΥΜΦΙΟΥ) presided by His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis.
Christ, the Bridegroom (Ο ΝΥΜΦΙΟΣ); the blessed Joseph; the Barren Fig Tree.
MONDAY 22 APRIL † HOLY WEEK BEGINS
• 8.00 – 9.30am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy In this ancient and inspired service, we receive Holy Communion which was consecrated at the Divine Liturgy on the previous Sunday
• 7.00pm Evening Service of the Bridegroom ( ΤΟΥ ΝΥΜΦΙΟΥ) Parable of the Ten Virgins
TUESDAY 23 APRIL
• 8.00 – 9.30am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy
• 7.00pm Evening Service of the Bridegroom ( ΤΟΥ ΝΥΜΦΙΟΥ) We remember the sinful woman who anointed Christ, in anticipation of His death. Her repentance and love for Christ are the theme of the Hymn of Cassiane, chanted this night.
WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL † Christ’s betrayal by Judas Iscariot
• 8.00 – 9.30am Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy
• 6.00pm The Sacrament of Holy Unction The priest anoints us with Holy Oil (Ευχελαιον) so that we may be spiritually and physically healed.
Followed by Matins of Holy Thursday
THURSDAY 25 APRIL † The Mystic Supper
• 6.00am Divine Liturgy followed by Holy Communion
• 7.00pm The Service of the Passion of our Lord
The Twelve Readings from the Gospels during which the Crucifix is carried to the front of the altar by the priest. These selected narratives from the four Gospels, relate to the events of Christ’s Holy Passion ( ΠΑΘΟΣ) and His last instructions to the twelve disciples.
FRIDAY 26 APRIL † HOLY FRIDAY | Christ’s Crucifixion, Death and Burial
• 8.00 – 10.00am The Service of the Great Hours
Followed by the preparation of the Epitaphion (Bier) by women of the Church in the Church Hall.
• 3.00pm Great Vespers and the Taking down of the Body of Christ from the Cross (ΑΠΟΚΑΘΗΛΩΣΙΣ)
The priest takes down Christ’s Body from the Cross, wraps it in a white cloth (shroud) and then places it in the Altar, as a symbol of His Burial by Joseph of Arimathea.
• 7.00pm The Service of Lamentations (ΕΥΚΩΜΙΑ)
The mourning of Christ’s undeserved death to save us from our sins, followed by the procession of the Epitaphion (Bier) symbolizing our Lord’s Burial.
SATURDAY 27 APRIL † Christ’s descent to Hades, and His Holy Resurrection
• 6.00am Divine Liturgy and Service of the Pre-Announcement of the Resurrection followed by Holy Communion
• 11.00pm Service and Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection
At midnight, in the darkened church, the faithful receive Holy Light (ΑΓΙΟ ΦΩΣ) from the priest. The congregation hears the good news of Christ’s triumph; His victory over death, from the Gospel. The joyous hymn of Christ’s Resurrection is triumphantly chanted – “Christ is Arisen!’ (ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!) The Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection follows, where we are invited to take part in the feast of the Resurrection and to receive Holy Communion, ending with receiving the blessing together with the traditional red egg from the priest.
SUNDAY 28 APRIL † HOLY PASCHA
• 11.00am Great Paschal Vespers of Agape
Archdiocese Church of St. Eustathios, South Melbourne, headed by His Grace Bishop Ezekiel, and participated by the clergy of Melbourne
Bible passage is read in many languages representing the universality of our Lord’s Resurrection.
WORDS FROM THE CHURCH FATHERS
Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.
St. John Chrysostom
The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.
St. Anthony the Great
Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience.
St John Climacus
If you find that there is no love in you, but you want to have it, then do deeds of love, even though you do them without love in the beginning. The Lord will see your desire and striving and will put love in your heart.
St. Ambrose of Optina
We know that prayer in and of itself cannot save us, but carrying it out before God can. For when the Lord’s eyes are upon us He sanctifies us, as the sun warms everything upon which it shines.
St Gregory Palamas
“So be at peace…and call upon God.”
St Nektarios of Aegina