Great and Holy Week and Pascha 2009

Sunday, April 5
ENTRANCE OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM
FLOWERY (PALM) SUNDAY

6:00 pm (Sat.) – Great Vespers with Lytiya
6:00 am – Festal Matins
8:45 am – Blessing of Pussy Willows
9:00 am – Divine Liturgy (Ukrainian)
11:00 am – Divine Liturgy (English)

Monday, April 6
GREAT AND HOLY MONDAY
8:00 am – Bridegroom Matins
6:00 pm – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Tuesday, April 7
GREAT AND HOLY TUESDAY
8:00 am – Bridegroom Matins
6:00 pm – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Wednesday, April 8
GREAT AND HOLY WEDNESDAY
8:00 am – Bridegroom Matins
6:00 pm – Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Thursday, April 9
GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY

8:00 am – Matins of Betrayal
10:00 am – Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great with Consecration of Chrism (Holy Family Parish, Winnipeg)
6:00 pm – Great Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great – CANCELLED
7:00 pm – Holy Mystery of Anointing

Friday, April 10
GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY
8:00 am – Matins of the Passion (12 Gospels)
3:00 pm – Great Vespers with the Carrying and Veneration the Shroud

Saturday, April 11
GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY
8:00 am – Jerusalem Matins
3:00 pm – Great Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
(if you participate in this service, you are expected at services the next day)

Sunday, April 12
PASCHA – THE GLORIOUS AND HOLY SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
6:00 am – Paschal Matins followed immediately with the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the Blessing of the Paschal foods
10:00 am – Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the Blessing of the Paschal foods
7:00 pm – Agape Vespers

PLEASE NOTE:
(1) The Holy Mystery of Repentance can be received before or after any of the services throughout Great and Holy Week.
(2) According to the particular law of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church, Great and Holy Friday is a day of strict fast. This means that no meat, meat products, dairy or alcohol may be consumed on this day (abstinence) and the size of the main meal of the day should be less than the other two meals combined (fasting). For those following the full prescriptions of the Lenten Triodion, these apply through Great and Holy Week.
(3) The proper time for the Blessing of the Paschal Foods is immediately after the Divine Liturgy on Pascha. The foods are then taken home to be eaten by family and friends, thus extending the Feast of Pascha into our homes and the world. The Blessing of Foods on Great and Holy Saturday is NOT the normative time for these blessings. However, there is an additional Blessing of Foods on Great and Holy Saturday at 2:00 pm due to local custom set by previous pastors.
(4) For those who cannot participate in the Paschal Matins service, the Divine Liturgy will begin at approximately 7:15 am.
(5) Parishioners are invited to return (and bring their family and friends) to the church later in the early evening on Pascha to continue in the great celebration with Agape Vespers. Please bring some of your Paschal Foods for the feast after the Vespers service.