SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR GREAT LENT 2018 WEEK 1 Sun 2/18 – Divine Liturgy (Forgiveness Sunday) 9:30 a.m. Mon 2/19 – Great Lent Begins-- Wed 2/21 – Presanctified Liturgy – 9th Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (Liturgy at 6:00) Fri 2/23 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m. WEEK 2 OF GREAT LENT Sun 2/25 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of Orthodoxy) 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Sunday of Orthodoxy Service – Holy Theophany, CoSpr Wed 2/28 – Presanctified Liturgy –5:30 p.m. Fri 3/2 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m. WEEK 3 Sun 3/4 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas) - 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – St. Michaels, Pueblo Wed 3/7 – Presanctified Liturgy –5:30 p.m. Fri 3/9 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m. WEEK 4 Sun 3/11 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of the Holy Cross) - 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – Holy Archangel Michaels, CoSpr Wed 3/14 – Presanctified Liturgy –5:30 p.m. Fri 3/16 – Salutations to the Theotokos – 6:00 p.m. WEEK 5 Sun 3/18 – Divine Liturgy (Sunday of St. John Climacus) 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – St. Mary’s, Calhan Wed 3/14 – Presanctified Liturgy –5:30 p.m WEEK 6 Sun 3/25 – Divine Liturgy (Annunciation) 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Missions Vespers – St. John’s, Pueblo Wed 3/28 – Presanctified Liturgy –9th Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. (Liturgy at 6:00) Sat 3/31 – Divine Liturgy (Lazarus Saturday) – 9:30 a.m. Sun 4/1 - Divine Liturgy (Palm Sunday) - 9:30 a.m.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
April 1st…Sunday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridegroom. Each evening service is the Matins or Orthros service of the following day (the service held on Sunday evening is the Orthros service for Holy Monday). The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the parable of the Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13 which is about the Second Coming of our Lord.
April 2nd…Monday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service
April 3rd…Tuesday 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service
April 4th…Wednesday 6:00 pm - Holy Unction Service (the Faithful of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church will be coming to St. John’s) On the evening of Great and Holy Wednesday, the Sacrament or Mystery of Holy Unction is conducted in Orthodox parishes. The Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body and for forgiveness of sins. At the conclusion of the service of the Sacrament, the body is anointed with oil, and the grace of God, which heals infirmities of soul and body, is called down upon each person.
April 5th… Thursday 9:00 a.m. Holy Thursday Divine Liturgy On Thursday of Holy Week four events are commemorated: the washing of the disciples’ feet, the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas.
5:30 pm - Crucifixion of our Lord, 12 Gospels On the evening of Great and Holy the service of the Holy Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ is conducted. The service is Matins of Friday morning sung by anticipation, on Thursday evening. This service celebrates the holy, saving, and awesome Passion of Christ. To take away our sins, Christ willingly endured spitting, scourging, buffeting, scorn, mocking, and purple robe; the reed, sponge, vinegar, nails, spear, and above all, the Cross and Death. The confession from the cross of the penitent thief, crucified with Christ, is celebrated. This service is long, but its content is dramatic and deeply moving for the devout Christian.
April 6th…Friday 9:00am - Royal Hours & the Decorating of the Kouvouklion The "Royal Hours," four in number, are read at this time. These services consist of hymns, psalms, and readings from the Old and New Testaments, all related prophetically and ethically to the Person of Christ. We observe Holy Friday with fasting, prayer, cleanliness, self-examination, confession, and good works, in humility and repentance so that the Grace of the Cross might descend upon us.
3:00pm - Taking down from the Cross Vespers The Vespers of Friday afternoon are a continuation of the Royal Hours. During this service, the removal of the Body of Christ from the Cross is commemorated with a sense of mourning for the terrible events which took place.
6:00pm - Lamentation Service The service is the Matins of Saturday morning sung by anticipation, on Friday evening. It consists of psalms, hymns, and readings dealing with the death of Christ, in contrast to His divinity, and in expectation of His Resurrection.
April 7th…Saturday 9:30am - Divine Liturgy The service is Vespers and Divine Liturgy of Saturday evening sung by anticipation, on Saturday morning. Psalms are read and Resurrection hymns are sung which tell of Christ's descent into Hades.
April 7th – 8th… Saturday/Sunday 11:30 pm - HOLY PASCHA This is the service of all services! The service is Matins and Divine Liturgy of Sunday morning sung Saturday midnight. On Pascha Sunday (Saturday midnight), the life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated. **Bring your Pascha baskets to be blessed! **Celebration meal follows the Pascha Service!
April 8th …Sunday 2:00 p.m. (Time Tentative…will let you know for sure) - Agape Service joining the Faithful of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church On Pascha Sunday afternoon, the faithful gather once more for prayer with lighted candles. All sing the hymn, "Christ is Risen from the Dead." The people greet one another joyously, saying: "Christ is Risen," which is answered, "Truly He is Risen." The Gospel according to John (20:19-25) is read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of Resurrection all over the universe without discrimination. *If you would like to read the Gospel in one of the many languages of our world, please let Fr. Stephen know.
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Pueblo, Colorado