Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, Holy Pascha

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Weekend leading up to Great and All-Holy Pascha

Thought for Today: “True life on earth indeed begins from the Resurrection of the Savior, for it does not end in death. Without the Resurrection of Christ human life is nothing else but a gradual dying which finally inevitably ends in death. Real true life is that life which does not end in death. And, such a life became possible on earth only with the Resurrection of the Lord Christ the God-man. Life is real life only in God, for it is a holy life and by virtue of this an immortal life. ” +  Saint Justin Popovich

Food for Hungry People and Outreach, 2022 Campaign: FFHP is receiving donations for the Archdiocesan fund to support those in our country and around the world with food insecurity. You may make a donation to All Saints by Agape Sunday and we will send the composite donation to FFHP.

Lilies may be donated as Pascha decorations by Saturday morning. If you want to honor the memory of a loved one,please notify Father Peter Jon.


TODAY, Friday, April 22

  • The Royal Hours of Holy Friday at 9:00
  • Decoration of the Bier of Christ at 1:00  by children ages 3-13
  • Great Vespers of the Taking Down of Christ from the Cross at 3:00
  • Orthros with the Lamentations at 6:00
  • All Night Vigil  –  9pm to 9am (Sign up in the hallway to read.)

Saturday, April 23

  • Harrowing of Hades Liturgy at 9:00
  • Place Easter baskets near the iconostasis for a blessing.
  • Evening Pascha Service with Rush, Orthros and Divine Liturgy at 10:00
  • Soon we will proclaim joyfully, “Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!”
  • Break-the-Fast Meal (Foods are provided but edible contributions are welcome!)

Sunday, April 24

  • Agape Vespers at Noon with the reading of the Holy Gospel in many languages. (See Charles Coats NOW if you want to read.)
  • Procession to the Empty Tomb
  • Paschal Bag Hunt
  • Pascha Feast (Roasted Lamb will be provided; pitch-in foods are welcome.)


The liturgy for St. George will be celebrated Bright Monday, April 25,  at 10am with the blessing of the Mosaic of Saint George in the pavilion.


Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!

Apolytikion of St. John Chrysostom – Tone 8

Grace shining forth from thy mouth like fire hath enlightened the universe and hath disclosed to the world treasures of uncovetousness and hath shown us the heights of humility. But as thou dost instruct us by thy words, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede with the Word, Christ God, to save our souls.

Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8

Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. Thou didst destroy the power of  death. In victory, Thou didst arise, O Christ God, proclaiming Rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women; granting peace to Thine Apostles, and resurrection to the fallen.

Megalynarion for Pascha – Tone 1

The Angel cried  to the Lady full of Grace, Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin…

Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha – Tone 8

Receive  the body of Christ; taste the Fountain of Immortality.   Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


The Reading is the Acts of the Apostles. (1:1-8)

This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein!

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endureth forever.

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen. To them He presented Himself alive after His passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them He charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “You heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. John. (1:1-17)

                In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not. He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to Him, and cried, “This was He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me ranks before me, for He was before me.’”) And from His fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.


Coffee Hour Reminders: First Sunday A-B; Second Sunday C-G; Third Sunday H-R; Fourth Sunday S-Z; Fifth Sunday All Pitch-in.

Birthday Celebrations: Elizabeth A (24th); Paul B (24th); Noah S (28th); Ephrem A (30th)

Blessed Name Day: Elizabeth A (Elizabeth  the Wonderworker -24th); Elise A (Elizabeth the Wonderworker – 24th);  Georges T (St. George – 23rd/25th); Valeria V (St. Valeria -28th); Ava R (St. Ava – 29th)

Memory Eternal: Justin; Christopher Ryan; Natalie A

Prayer List: Josiah; Displaced Ukrainian refugees and those who remain in their war-torn country; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; Vicki;Vicki’s granddaughter;Petroulla’s mother hospitalized with kidney failure (Cyprus); Hermione with child;Arianna Vician; Rhonda’s sister-in-law Judee with a kidney tumor;Wendy Elizabeth’s Aunt Helen (Covid-Pneumonia) and Uncle Bobby;Mary Ann; Linda; Steve Crandall; Fr. Athanasius; Jack;Christopher; schools: school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Nancy; Don and Dee; Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Anastasia with child; Bonnie Thelen; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Kristy, Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison;  Andrew and Isaac (Korea/military); Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy