Welcome! We are a parish of the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), under his grace Nikon, Bishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. We are the first OCA parish in Kentucky. We are located in the heart of the bluegrass region just outside Lexington.

2014 Holy Week and Pascha Services

Bulletin April 20, 2014                       Bulletin April 13 2014

St. Athanasius Orthodox Church Extends Open Invitation to Come and Share in the Resurrection of the Lord!

Our Service Schedule page has brief descriptions of the Holy Week and Bright Week services (including estimated lengths). The Holy Week services are:

Lazarus Saturday, April 12 – 9am Lazarus Liturgy; 6:30pm Palm Sunday Vigil

Palm Sunday, April 13 – 9am Baptisms/Chrismations: 10am Divine Liturgy; 6:30pm Bridegroom Matins

Holy Monday, April 14 – 8am Hours w/the Gospel of St. John (chapters 1-6); 6:30pm Bridegroom Matins

Holy Tuesday, April 15 – 8am Hours w/the Gospel of St. John (chapters 7-13:30); 6:30pm Bridegroom Matins at Berea College

Holy Wednesday, April 16 – 11:30am Presanctified Liturgy; 6:30pm Bridegroom Matins w/Anointing

Holy Thursday, April 17 – 3 to 5pm Vesperal Liturgy of the Mystical Supper; 5pm Lenten Meal; 6:30 to 9:30pm Matins w/Twelve Passion Gospels

Great & Holy Friday, April 18 – 9 to 10:30am Royal Hours; 11am Decoration of Tomb; 3 to 4pm Vespers of Entombment; 6:30 to 9pm Matins w/Praises; 9pm Begin all-night Psalter Reading

Great & Holy Saturday, April 19 – 9 to 11:30am Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday; 11:45am Meal of Blessed Bread & Wine; 12:30pm Preparation of Nave for Paschal Services; 7pm Reading of Acts; 11:30pm Paschal Nocturnes

Feast of Feasts, Pascha, April 20 – 12am Procession and Paschal Matins; 1:15am Paschal Divine Liturgy; 3am Blessing of Food and Paschal Meal; 2pm Agape Vespers followed by Paschal Picnic at High Bridge Park

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  • Father Justin and some of the servers preparing the holy vessels for Pascha! An annual tradition in our parish.

  • What do the church fathers do with that Holy Week text "My God my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Our parishioner Nathaniel McCallum unpacks this text, making liberal use of our patron saint, St. Athanasius.

    Did the Father Abandon Christ on the Cross?
    Of all of the seven last sayings of Christ on the cross, perhaps the most puzzling is the Cry of Dereliction. Recorded only in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34, both in Aramaic and in Greek translation...
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  • Preparing the flowers for the Lord's Tomb after Royal Hours on this Great & Holy Friday.

  • "Today is suspended upon the Tree, He who suspended the earth upon the waters..."