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ΤΟ ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ ΜΑΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΑ ΤΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ & ΤΟΝ ΜΑΙΟ 2024

OUR CHURCH SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK, EASTER & MAY 2024

ΜΑΙΟΣ- 2024 - ΜΑΥ

1  ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ,  της αλειψάσης τον Κύριο μύρο,  Άγιο Ευχέλαιο & Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου

    HOLY WEDNESDAY, Anointing of the Lord, Holy Sacrament of Holy Oil & Bridegroom Service: 5:30 μμ pm - 8 μμ pm

 

2 ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΕΜΠΤΗ, Ο ΜΥΣΤΙΚΟΣ ΔΕΙΠΝΟΣ, Πρωί, Θεία Λειτουργία Αγίου Βασιλείου

   HOLY THURSDAY, the Last Supper, Morning, Divine Liturgy of St. Basil: 9:30 - 11:30 πμ am

    Ακολουθεί ο στολισμός του Επιταφίου

   Followed by the preparation and adornment of the Epitaphios                     

    Εσπέρας, Ακολουθία των ΑΓΙΩΝ ΠΑΘΩΝ  (12 ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΑ & Περιφορά ΕΣΤΑΥΡΩΜΕΝΟΥ)

    Evening, the Passion of our Lord (12 GOSPEL READINGS & Procession of HOLY CRUCIFIX): 5:30 μμ pm - 8:30 μμ pm

 

 3 ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ, Τα Άγια Πάθη του Κυρίου

    HOLY FRIDAY, the Passion of Our Lord

    Πρωί, Μεγάλες Ώρες, Εσπερινός της Αποκαθήλωσης - Morning, Great Hours & Vespers of the Deposition: 9:30 πμ am      12

    Εσπέρας, Ακολουθία Επιτάφιου Θρήνου καί η Περιφορά του Επιτάφιου,

    Evening, Service of Lamentation & Procession of the HOLY EPITAPH: 6:30 - 8:30 μμ pm

 

 4 ΜΕΓΑ ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟΝ, Η ΕΙΣ ΑΔΟΥ ΚΑΘΟΔΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΚΥΡΙΟΥ - HOLY SATURDAY, the Harrowing of Hell,

     Πρωί, Θεία Λειτουργία Αγίου Βασιλείου - Morning, Divine Liturgy of St. Basil: 9:30 πμ am - 11:30 πμ am

     Mεσάνυχτα, Mετάδοσις του ΑΓΙΟΥ ΦΩΤΟΣ, Ακολουθία ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΣ & Πασχαλινή Θεία Λειτουργία

     Midnight, sharing of the HOLY LIGHTT & Service of the RESURRECTION of our Lord: 11 μμ pm - 2 πμ am

 

  5 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΣΧΑ, Εσπερινός της ΑΓΑΠΗΣ (ανάγνωση Ευαγγελίου σε διάφορες γλώσσες)

     EASTER SUNDAY, Vespers of LOVE (the Holy Gospel will be read in several languages): 11:30 πμ am – 12:30 μμ pm

 

  6 ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ, Αγίου Γεωργίου - Monday of Easter Week, St George, Matins & Divine Liturgy:  9:30 πμ am - 11: 30 πμ am

 

  7 ΤΡΙΤΗ, Αγίων Ραφαήλ, Νικολάου & Ειρήνης, Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία

     TUESDAY of Easter Week, Raphael, Nicholas & Irene, Matins & Divine Liturgy:  9:30 πμ am - 11: 30 πμ am

 

11 Σάββατo, Μέγας Εσπερινός - Saturday, Great Vespers: 4 μμ pm

12 Κυριακή του Θωμά,  Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία & Κατηχητικό Σχολείο,

    Thomas Sunday, Matins, Divine Liturgy & Children’s Catechesis: 9 πμ am - 12

 

18  Σάββατo, Μέγας Εσπερινός - Saturday, Great Vespers: 4 μμ pm

19  Κυριακή των Μυροφόρων,  Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία & Κατηχητικό Σχολείο

      Myrrh-bearers Sunday, Matins, Divine Liturgy & Children’s Catechesis: 9 πμ am – 12

 

20  Δευτέρα, Μέγας Εσπερινός - Monday, Great Vespers: 4 μμ pm

21 Τρίτη, Αγίων Κωνσταντίνου & Ελένης - Tuesday, Sts Constantine & Helen: 9:30 πμ am - 11:30 πμ am

 

25 Σάββατo, Μέγας Εσπερινός - Saturday, Great Vespers: 4 μμ pm

26 Κυριακή του Παραλύτου,  Όρθρος, Θεία Λειτουργία & Κατηχητικό Σχολείο,

     Sunday of the Paralytic, Matins, Divine Liturgy & Children’s Catechesis:  9 πμ am - 12

Ευχές για μία Ευλογημένη Αγία και Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα, καλή Ανάσταση και καλό Πάσχα.

 

Best wishes for a blessed and safe Holy Week and a Joyful Easter.

Χ Ρ Ι Σ Τ Ο Σ   Α Ν Ε Σ Τ Η !!!  C H R I S T O S   A N E S T I !!! C H R I S T  IS  R I S E N !!!

Hristos a înviat  Христос воскрес

 

What Is "Bright Week"?


Bright Week, otherwise known as Renewal Week, begins on Pascha Sunday and ends on the following Sunday of Thomas. The name probably originates from the fact that the newly baptized catechumens from Pascha are newly illumined and bright. For them it is a time of regeneration and renewal. These newly baptized in ancient times wore all white for a week, hence the week sometimes being called White Week.

The seven days of Bright Week are seen as one day, a continuous Pascha celebration. According to the 66th canon of the Council in Trullo: "From the holy day of the Resurrection of Christ our God until New Sunday (i.e. Thomas Sunday) for a whole week the faithful in the holy churches should continually be repeating psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, rejoicing and celebrating Christ, and attending to the reading of the Divine Scriptures and delighting in the Holy Mysteries. For in this way shall we be exalted with Christ; raised up together with Him. For this reason on the aforesaid days that by no means there be any horse races or any other public spectacle." According to Bulgakov, in Imperial Russia, the taverns used to be closed during Bright Week, and no alcoholic beverages were sold. Furthermore, because of the continuous paschal celebration, there should be no fasting this week. And as the above canon states, this is a time of renewal for all Orthodox Christians and not just the newly baptized. It is a time for the faithful to bear spiritual fruit and generate new virtues for our own illumination as well.

In the Roman Empire, especially in Constantinople, this week had special joy and was celebrated with great pomp and splendor. The emperor would call the newly-baptized and the poor to a rich meal, while on Bright Thursday the Patriarch would have an honorary dinner for the clergy. Rich gifts were distributed by the emperor and official visitations were made. Prisoners with light offenses were released as well. These traditions are somewhat carried out today in Greece where state officials visit hospitals and military camps, and military sanctions are lifted.

The services of Bright Week are done joyfully and with the Royal Doors fully open. This unblocked view of the altar symbolizes the open door of Christ's empty tomb as well as the rent veil of the Jewish Temple, which was torn apart at the moment Christ died. The Gospel of John and Acts are read as well, which are the two New Testament books of renewal and beginnings.

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