Monthly Archives: April 2020

Sunday of Thomas John 20: 19-31

On Pascha Night, we read from the Gospel of St John: “In the beginning was the Word …” St John clearly is taking the opening of his Gospel from Genesis, but, read in full view of Christ’s Holy Resurrection, his is a “new” interpretation of Genesis. The “Beginning” is the tomb of our heart, where
we are created anew in the mystery of Christ’s death and Resurrection. This is a new interpretation that is not “new”, however, because it is “from the beginning” (cf I Jn 2:7&8); i.e., it’s what the creation was all about from the beginning but has only now been revealed in the mystery of Christ. Continue reading

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Service and Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection

Holy Pascha 2020

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.

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Holy Saturday, Divine Liturgy and Service of the Pre-Announcement of the Resurrection

18/04/2020

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Holy Friday, The Service of Lamentations

17/04/2020

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 (within the Church) symbolizing our Lord’s Burial.

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Holy Friday, The Apokathelosis Service

17/04/2020

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.

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Holy Friday, The Service of the Great Hours

17/04/2020

Christ’s Crucifixion, Death and Burial

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Holy Thursday, The Service of the Passion of our Lord

16/04/2020

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.

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