Holy Week Schedule 2014

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church • Urbana, IL

PALM SUNDAY EVENING • APRIL 13

Bridegroom Matins, 6 PM • Confessions Follow

The Procession with the icon of Christ, the Bridegroom of the Church, takes place, and we re- member the righteousness of Joseph who, like Christ, suffered unjustly with patience.

Girls and young ladies please wear white and plan to help with procession

 

GREAT MONDAY EVENING • APRIL 14

Bridegroom Matins, 6:30PM • Confessions Follow

We remember the example of the ten virgins waiting for the Bride- groom.

 

GREAT TUESDAY EVENING • APRIL 15

Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 PM • Confessions Follow

We remember the woman who anointed the head and feet of our Lord, wiping them with her hair, in contrast with Judas and his be- trayal of Christ. The Hymn of Kassiane expresses these contrasts with profound poetry and majesty.

 

GREAT WEDNESDAY EVENING • APRIL 16 

Sacrament of Holy Unction, 6:30 PM

We are anointed for healing of soul and body as Christ was anointed in anticipation of his burial. All should have made their confession before this point.

 

GREAT THURSDAY MORNING • APRIL 17

Liturgy of St. Basil, 9 AM

On this day, when Jesus first said to his disciples, “Take, eat; this is my Body,” Orthodox Christians make it a point to participate in Holy Com- munion. Children may be excused from school. Foot washing ritual at close of Liturgy

 

GREAT THURSDAY EVENING • APRIL 17

Matins with the Twelve Passion Gospels, 6:30 PM

We walk with our Lord through the Passion. A procession with the Cross commemorates Christ’s voluntary Crucifixion.

 

GREAT & HOLY FRIDAY • APRIL 18

Royal Hours, 10 AM 

We try to spend this day in Church, heeding our Lord’s words to “watch and pray.” During Ves- pers, Christ is taken down from the Cross and placed in the decorated tomb. Children may be ex- cused from school for the day for services

Un-nailing Vespers, 3 PM

Resurrectional Matins of Christ’s Funeral, 6:30 PM •

We join Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and the Myrrh-bearing Women to sing in Praise of the buried Christ, and we process with the Bier and passing under it as if joining Christ in the tomb.

 

HOLY SATURDAY • APRIL 19

Liturgy of St. Basil, 10 AM

As we keep vigil, the Victory of Christ over death and his Resurrection ‘explodes’ with throwing of the leaves of victory. Please bring your children to this service. RUSH/MATINS/LITURGY, 11 PM HOLY PASCHA!

We receive the new Light and the Good News that “Christ is Risen.” Please bring dyed-red eggs. You may also bring Easter Baskets to be blessed for enjoyment and sharing after Liturgy. Our parish will also serve additional food to break the Fast.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Love Vespers, 1:30 PM • Pitch-in Feast with our Paschal Leftovers

The Good News (Gospel) of the Resurrection will be proclaimed in as many languages as possible.. Easter Egg hunt to follow.

 

 

 

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