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Holy Week

The Holy Passion. We welcome the King. We betray him. We shout “crucify him”. We condemn him to death. We gather for his suffering. We know bitterness and lamentation. We keep vigil for his Resurrection.

Lazarus Saturday
The victory over Death and Hell.
The Beginning of the Cross.

  • Hours, Divine Liturgy
  • Vigil

Palm Sunday
Triumphal Entry and Victory. The fulfillment of the prophesies.
The announcement of the inauguration of the Kingdom, the advent of the Messiah.

  • Hours, Divine Liturgy
  • Matins (PM) of the Bridegroom

Great & Holy Monday
Eschatology. Judgement. Signs and Announcement of the End.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

  • Hours and Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
  • Matins (PM) of the Bridegroom

Great & Holy Tuesday
Eschatology. Judgement. Signs and Announcement of the End.
“Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

  • Hours and Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
  • Matins (PM) of the Bridegroom

Great & Holy Wednesday
Eschatology. Judgement. Signs and Announcement of the End.
“Now is the judgement of this world.”
“He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings, has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.”

  • Hours and Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
  • The Mystery of Holy Unction

Great & Holy Thursday
The Last Supper.
The Betrayal.
The Washing of Feet.

  • Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil the Great,
  • Matins (PM) with 12 Passion Gospels

Great & Holy Friday +Total Fast
The Pascha of the Cross.

  • 12 Passion Gospels & Royal Hours (read night before)
  • Royal Hours, Vespers & Epitaphios/Burial
  • Matins & Lamentations

Great and Holy Saturday
The Sabbath. The Tomb.

  • Lamentations and Acts of the Apostles
  • Paschal Vigil

The Glorious Resurrection of Christ, the Pascha of the Lord

  • Paschal Liturgy (into the morning from Paschal Vigil the previous night)
  • Agape Vespers

A Liturgical Explanation for the Days of Holy Week

The Services of Holy Week

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