A Few Notes for Bright Week and the Paschal Season

A Few Notes for Bright Week and the Paschal Season
By Archpriest Mark Mancuso

  • We greet one another during the entire Paschal season (which lasts 40 days) with the words: “Christ is risen!” and the response to the greeting is: “Indeed, He is risen!”
  • During Bright Week, the Holy Doors and the Deacons’ doors of the iconostasis remain open symbolizing the empty tomb of our Master and Savior: Christ is risen!
  • During Bright Week, our prayers in church and at home are sung and not read as we sing all week the feast of the risen Christ: Christ is risen!
  • During Bright Week, our morning and evening prayers are replaced by the singing of the short service of the Hours of Pascha (see your prayer books): Christ is risen!
  • During Bright Week, we do not read from the psalter at home or in church for the prophecies have been fulfilled: Christ is risen!
  • During Bright Week, there is no fasting as we are at feast with the Bridegroom who processes forth from the tomb: Christ is risen!
  • During the entire Paschal season and extending to Pentecost there is no prostrating or kneeling permitted in church or at home for we stand with the resurrected Christ: Christ is risen!
  • During the Paschal season we begin all of our prayers at home and in church by singing the troparion of Pascha: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”
  • During the Paschal season and extending to Pentecost, we do not pray “O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth…” for the Comforter comes on Pentecost. Christ is risen!
  • And most important of all: “A Pascha worthy of all honor has dawned for us. Pascha! Let us embrace each other joyously!…This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined by the feast. Let us embrace each other. Let us call ‘Brother’ even those who hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” “And unto us He has given eternal life. Let us worship His resurrection on the third day!”

 

РАСПИСАНІЕ БОГОСЛУЖЕНІЙ СТРАСТНОЙ СЕДМИЦЫ И ПАСХИ 2021

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СТРАСТНОЙ СЕДМИЦЫ И ПАСХИ 2021

Пятница, 23 апрѣля
18:30 ч.: Утреня Лазаревой субботы

Лазарева суббота, 24 апрѣля
9:40 ч.: Часы и Литургія
18:00 ч.: Всенощная и освященіе вербочекъ

Вербное воскресенье, 25 апрѣля
9:40 ч.: Часы и Литургія
16:00 ч.: Утреня Великаго понедѣльника

Великій понедѣльникъ, 26 апрѣля
18:30 ч.: Утреня Великаго вторника

Великій вторникъ, 27 апрѣля
18:30 ч.: Утреня Великой среды

Великая среда, 28 апрѣля
18:30 ч.: Утреня Великаго четвертка

Великій четвертокъ, 29 апрѣля
10:00 ч.: Вечерня съ Литургіей (Тайная Вечеря)
18:30 ч.: Утреня съ чтеніемъ 12-и Евангелій

Великій пятокъ, 30 апрѣля
10:00 ч.: Часы и изобразительны
15:30 ч.: Вечерня съ выносомъ Плащаницы

18:30 ч.: Утреня съ чиномъ Погребенія; крестный ходъ

Великая суббота, 1 мая
10:00 ч.: Вечерня съ Литургіей

**ПАСХА – СВѢТЛОЕ ХРИСТОВО ВОСКРЕСЕНІЕ**
Суббота, 1 мая: 23:30 ч. – Полунощница; крестный ходъ; заутреня; Литургія; освященіе корзинокъ

(Пасхальное богослуженіе длится до ранняго утра Воскресенья, 2 мая)

Пасхальное воскресенье, 2 мая
13:00 ч.: Пасхальная вечерня

14:30 ч.: Пикникъ и охота за яйцами

РАСПИСАНІЕ БОГОСЛУЖЕНІЙ СТРАСТНОЙ СЕДМИЦЫ И ПАСХИ 2021

HOLY WEEK & PASCHA 2021

HOLY WEEK & PASCHA 2021

Friday, April 23
6:30pm: Matins for Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus Saturday, April 24
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
6:00pm: Vigil & Blessing of Palms

Palm Sunday, April 25
ENTRY OF THE LORD INTO JERUSALEM
9:40am:
Hours & Liturgy
4:00pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Monday, April 26
6:30pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Tuesday, April 27
6:30pm: Bridegroom Matins

Holy Wednesday, April 28
6:30pm: Matins for Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday, April 29
10:00am: Vesperal Liturgy (Mystical Supper)
6:30pm: Matins w/ 12 Passion Gospels

Holy Friday, April 30
10:00am: Royal Hours & Typica
3:30pm: Vespers w/ Taking Down from the Cross
In Russian: “Bringing out of the Shroud”
6:30pm: Matins w/ Lamentations; Procession

Holy Saturday, May 1
10:00am: Vesperal Liturgy

**HOLY PASCHA** In Russian: “Pascha: The Glorious Resurrection of Christ”
Saturday, May 1: 11:30pm – Midnight Office; Procession; Matins; Liturgy; Blessing of Baskets

(Pascha service extends into the early morning hours of Sunday, May 2)

Pascha Sunday, May 2
1:00pm: Agape Vespers
2:30pm: Pascha Cookout & Egg Hunt at Saluda Shoals Park

Holy Week 2021 – English

Lenten Quotations for the 6th Week of Great Lent (from The Lenten Triodion)

Dear Brethren and Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
Linked below are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the sixth week of Great Lent. They are taken from The Lenten Triodion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on how fasting, prayer, and practicing the Christian virtues are essential for our spiritual life, which is being “refocused” during Great Lent.
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

Lenten Quotations for the 5th Week of Great Lent (from The Lenten Triodion)

Dear Brethren and Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
Linked below are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the fifth week of Great Lent. They are taken from The Lenten Triodion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on how fasting, prayer, and practicing the Christian virtues are essential for our spiritual life, which is being “refocused” during Great Lent.
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

Lenten Quotations for the 4th Week of Great Lent (from The Lenten Triodion)

Dear Brethren and Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
Linked below are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the fourth week of Great Lent. They are taken from The Lenten Triodion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on how fasting, prayer, and practicing the Christian virtues are essential for our spiritual life, which is being “refocused” during Great Lent.
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

Lenten Quotations for the 3rd Week of Great Lent (from The Lenten Triodion)

Dear Brethren and Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
Linked below are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the third week of Great Lent. They are taken from The Lenten Triodion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on how fasting, prayer, and practicing the Christian virtues are essential for our spiritual life, which is being “refocused” during Great Lent.
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

Lenten Quotations for the 2nd Week of Great Lent (from The Lenten Triodion)

Dear Brethren and Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
Linked below are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for the second week of Great Lent. They are taken from The Lenten Triodion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on how fasting, prayer, and practicing the Christian virtues are essential for our spiritual life, which is being “refocused” during Great Lent.
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

Lenten Quotations for Clean Week (from The Lenten Triodion)

Dear Brethren and Friends of St Elizabeth’s,
Linked below are some of the stichera (verses) from the services of Matins and Vespers for Clean Week, the first week of Great Lent. They are taken from The Lenten Triodion, which is the special liturgical book used during this season of the year for our worship and edification. The verses chosen focus on how fasting, prayer, and practicing the Christian virtues are essential for our spiritual life, which is being “refocused” during Great Lent.
With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark

The Spiritual Meaning of The Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

Dear Brethren & Friends of St Elizabeth’s,

This is a reminder that Monday, March 15 through Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm we will be serving Great Compline and the Canon of St Andrew of Crete. Below is some edifying information about the Great Canon.

Text of the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete:

Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

Old Testament References in the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete:

The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Podcast:
“The Cry of the Humbled Heart: The Ascetical Significance of the Great Canon”:

YouTube video:
(59) Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete – YouTube

With much love in Christ,
Fr Mark