Holy Week & Pascha 2016


“This is the Day which the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

We invite you to journey through Holy Week at St. Athanasius and to keep the Holy Pascha of the Lord with us! We have a rich and ancient cycle of divine services for Holy Week, Pascha, and “Bright Week” (the joyous Easter week following Orthodox Pascha, or Easter.) The complete service information in English can be accessed here. (For complete information in Russian click here; for Romanian click here.) In short, here are the services we are featuring for Holy Week & Pascha:

  • Fri. Apr. 22, 6:30pm End-of-Lent Vespers 
    • followed by Final Adult Confessions
  • Sat. Apr. 23, 9am Lazarus Saturday Liturgy
    • followed by Pancake Breakfast, Children’s Confessions, Palm Folding & Pre-Paschal Crafts
  • Sat. Apr. 23 6:30pm Vigil for Palm Sunday (Blessing of Palms)
  • Sun. Apr. 24 9am Reception into Church (Foushee Family)
  • Sun. Apr. 24 10am Festal Liturgy & Procession w/ Palms
  • Sun. Apr. 24 Sun. Apr. 23, 6pm Bridegroom Matins at Berea College (Union Church, Berea, KY)
    • followed by Confessions for students & seafood dinner
  • Mon. Apr. 25, 9am Hours w/ Gospel of St. Mark (1 through 9:1)
  • Mon. Apr. 25, 6:30pm Bridegroom Matins
  • Tues. Apr. 26, 9am Hours w/ Gospel of St. Mark (9:2 through 16)
  • Tues. Apr. 26, 6:30pm Bridegroom Matins 
  • Wed. Apr. 27, 11am Presanctified Liturgy
  • Wed. Apr. 27, 6:30pm Bridegroom Matins & Holy Anointing
  • Thur. Apr. 28, 3pm Holy Thursday Liturgy of Mystical Supper
    • followed by final Soup & Salad Meal (sign-up)
  • Thur. Apr. 28, 6:30pm Matins w/ 12 Passion Gospels 
  • Fri. Apr. 29 9am Royal Hours for the Passion
    • followed by Tomb Decoration and Preparation
  • Fri. Apr. 29 3pm Entombment Vespers
  • Fri. Apr. 29 6:30pm Funeral Matins (Lamentations) w/ Procession
    • followed by readings and All-Night chanting of Psalter at Tomb (sign-up)
  • Sat. Apr. 30 9am Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy
    • followed by Light Meal (Bread, Juice, Wine-all invited)
    • continuous reading of Acts of the Apostles 7-11:30pm (sign-up)
  • Sat. Apr. 30 11:30pm to Sun. May 1 2:45am ++PASCHAL MIDNIGHT SERVICE++ 
    • followed by PASCHAL AGAPE MEAL (all invited) in Hall w/ Blessing of Baskets
  • Sun. May 1 2pm (@ Highbridge Park in Wilmore) Paschal Agape Vespers
    • followed by Paschal Picnic for all with Eater Egg Hunt, Music, and more
  • Mon. May 2 9am Bright Monday Liturgy & Patronal Feast of St. Athanasius
    • Festal Breakfast for Patronal Feast of St. Athanasius in Parish Hall
  • Mon. May 2 6pm Paschal Vespers (@ St. Augustine Chapel, University of KY)
  • And more Paschal services each day of Bright Week (see full schedule)

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