SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Holy Week ........

Apr 26, 2021
Holy Week ........

April 25, Palm Sunday. The Entrance of Our Lord and Savior into Jerusalem. Hundreds of people congregated into Jerusalem from the surrounding towns to meet and greet Jesus because His entrance to Jerusalem immediately followed Christ’s resurrection of his friend Lazarus from the dead. Christ enters Jerusalem and confronts His enemies.

 

April 26, Great Monday. The services prescribed for Holy Monday are the Bridegroom Matins. On Great Monday He comes and speaks to the religious leaders and students of the Divine Law, the Pharisees, scribes, and elders. Jesus calls them hypocrites, blind guides, murderers, and liars (Matthew 23:13). He went directly to the Temple and cleansed it of the crooked moneychangers. He condemned the fig tree which had not brought forth fruit. The theme of today is the unexpected coming of the Lord expressed by the Tropar: “Behold the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching…”

 

April 27, Great Tuesday. The Gospel reading for today is from St. Matthew, and speaks about the need for watchfulness, the parable about the 5 foolish and the 5 wise virgins, the parable of the silver pieces, and the account of the Last Judgment (Matthew 24:36 – 26:2).  

 

Holy Unction today at 6:00 PM

 

April 28, Great Wednesday. The Gospel for today comes from St. Matthew 26:6-16, which tells us about the woman who poured the alabaster jar of costly perfume on Jesus. Judas becomes upset at this “waste” of money and proceeds to betray Jesus, thus setting the stage for the rest of Holy Week.

 

April 29, Holy Thursday. Christ washes His disciples’ feet, by this example teaching them humility and brotherly love. After that He had His Last (The Mystic) Supper with His disciples at which He institutes the Sacrament of Eucharistical Communion for the remission of their and our sins. During the Mystic Supper, Christ comforts His disciples, promising to send to their assistance the Holy Ghost; He commands them to love one another. Immediately after the Mystic Supper, Christ and His disciples went out into Gethsemane where He prayed, giving His disciples a command “Watch ye and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” (Mark 14:38).

 

Vesperal Divine Liturgy – 9:30 AM / Matins with 12 Passion gospels – 6:00 PM

 

April 30, Holy and Great Friday. At 6:00 am, Christ was brought before Pilate, the Roman Ruler of Judea and questioned then sent from Pilate to Herold the King. Here He was mocked, scourged and attired into a purple robe and sent back to Pilate; and there Barabbas, the robber, was preferred by the people to be freed. Christ was then beaten and spat upon and mocked. A crown of thorns was placed upon His head. After all these cruel mistreatments, Christ was crucified between two thieves; and after suffering gravely on the cross for six hours, Christ died.

 

Vespers and Placing the Shroud – 2:00 PM

 

May 1, Holy Saturday. Soon after Christ died on the Cross, Joseph of Arimathea, with disciple of Christ, Nicodemus, took His body from the Cross and laid it in a new tomb belonging to Joseph. A guard of soldiers were stationed at the tomb of Christ. His soul is now with the saintly departed in hell, who receive their freedom and heavenly rest (Luke 23; 1 Peter 3: 18-19) The service today is celebrated at the Tomb. It is the first proclamation that Jesus is risen from the dead and of the empty Tomb.

 

Vesperal Divine Liturgy – 9:30 AM

 

May 2, CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN! Pascha is a Hebrew word meaning “Passover.” As the ancient Israelites passed over from slavery to freedom, so we Christians, people of the New Covenant or Agreement now Pass-Over with Christ from death to life, from slavery to sin and corruption to freedom in serving the Lord only.

 

Nocturne – 8:00 AM / Procession and Resurrection Matins – 8:30 AM / Divine Liturgy, followed by blessing of Paschal baskets – 9:30 AM

 

CHRIST IS RISEN!      INDEED HE IS RISEN!

 

May 3 – Bright Monday – Divine Liturgy and Procession Around the Church – 9:30 AM

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Divine Liturgy - 9:30 AM

Today the faithful celebrate the feast with joy illumined by your coming, O Mother of God.  Beholding your pure image we fervently cry to you:  “Encompass us beneath the precious veil of your protection; deliver us from every form of evil by entreating Christ,  your Son...