Schedule for Holy Week, Pascha, and Bright Week

As we complete our journey through the Great Fast, the Church’s liturgical schedule becomes very full – literally night and day for the 10-day period from the Friday before Lazarus Saturday through Pascha. These services are part of the great richness of Orthodoxy and prepare us to celebrate Pascha properly. If you have never participated in the entire cycle of these services, consider making it a priority. Through these services we become participants in the events that afford us salvation, rather than mere spectators at a Passion Play.

Following is the schedule of services and activities for the Lazarus Saturday/Palm Sunday weekend, Holy Week, Pascha, and Bright Week for this year. You can also always access up-to-date schedule information at our schedule page. Note that the times for most of the weekday morning services for this period begin at 8:00 a.m. – the exception is Holy Friday’s service of the Royal Hours, which begins at 10:00 a.m.

LAZARUS SATURDAY SERVICES
Friday, April 15
6:30 p.m. – Small Compline with the Canon for St. Lazarus

Saturday, April 16
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy (commemorating the raising of St. Lazarus)
12:00 noon Church School luncheon, crafts, and Confession

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES
Saturday, April 16
5:30 p.m. Festal Great Vespers

Sunday, April 17
8:00 a.m. Festal Orthros
9:00 a.m. Church School
10:00 a.m. Festal Divine Liturgy

HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Sunday, April 17
5:30 p.m. Bridegroom Orthros for Holy Monday

Monday, April 18
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
6:30 p.m. Bridegroom Orthros for Holy Tuesday

Tuesday, April 19
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
6:30 p.m. Bridegroom Orthros for Holy Wednesday

Wednesday, April 20
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
6:30 p.m. Rite of Holy Unction

Thursday, April 21
8:00 a.m. Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great (commemorating the institution of the Holy Eucharist) with Rite of Footwashing
6:30 p.m. Orthros for Holy Friday (12 Passion Gospel Readings)

Friday, April 22
10:00 a.m. Royal Hours
3:00 p.m. Vespers (Descent from the Cross)
      SOYO Vigil follows Vespers (Psalter reading until Othros service begins)
6:30 p.m. Orthros for Holy Saturday (Lamentations of the Theotokos)
      Vigil continues following Orthros (until Liturgy the next morning)

SERVICES OF HOLY PASCHA
Saturday, April 23
10:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
11:45 p.m. Midnight Office, Paschal Orthros, and Paschal Divine Liturgy
Following the Services of Holy Pascha, we will meet in the fellowship hall to continue our celebration of the Feast of Feasts. Remember to bring your Pascha Baskets!

SERVICES OF BRIGHT WEEK
Sunday, April 24
3:00 p.m. Agape Vespers (at the park), the feasting continues!

Monday, April 25
8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Tuesday, April 26
8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom