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.
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.