Holy Week and Bright Week, April 6-15, 2018

Reminders for the rest of Holy Week and bulletin for Bright Week

Friday, April 6

9:00 AM –  Royal Hours and Typika

3:00 PM –  Great Vespers (Taking-down of Christ from the Cross)

6:00 PM –  Matins of Lamentation, followed by the Midnight Vigil


Saturday, April 7

 9:00AM – Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil

 Holy Pascha Service at 10PM, followed by the annual ‘Break-the-Fast Celebration’


Sunday, April 8:

At Noon

 Agape Service with Reading of the Holy Gospel in many languages;

 Procession to the Empty Tomb Shrine

Egg Hunt

Holy Pascha Agape pitch-in meal

Weekly Bulletin begins.

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Great and Holy Pascha

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death,

and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

If you are visiting,  we warmly welcome you
and invite you to stay for the celebratory meals that are shared on Saturday evening around midnight and on Sunday following Agape Great Vespers.


Nourishment of the Soul: “Be thou amazed, O Heaven, and let the foundations of the earth quake; for behold, He who dwelleth in the highest hath been accounted among the dead, and hath been Guest in a humble tomb. Wherefore, O ye youths, bless Him. Praise Him, ye priests; and ye nations, exalt Him more and more unto all ages. Glory to Thee, our God; Glory to Thee!” – from the 8th Ode of Great and Holy Pascha


The Food for Hungry People has a new name to express its multiple ways of reaching those who need a helping hand. His Eminence JOSEPH has renamed it as Department of Food for Hungry People and Charitable Outreach.


Receiving the Eucharist at the Saturday Evening Service: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession.  If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but  have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.



Fast-Free Period

Sunday, April 8: Agape Vespers at noon with the reading of the Holy Gospel in many languages; Procession to the Empty Tomb; Easter Egg Hunt; Celebratory meal.



Tuesday, April 10: OCF Meeting at the Webb’s home 6:00 – 8:00

Wednesday, April 11: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, April 12: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00

Thursday, April 12: Bible Study at the Webb’s home 7:00 – 8:30

Friday, April 13: His Grace Bp. ANTHONY will be with us for Agape Vespers at 6:00; a celebratory meal follows.

Saturday, April 14: Great Vespers at 5:00 – Visiting monks are expected from The Hermitage of the Holy Cross (Monastery) in Wayne, WV.  Fr. Paisios will concelebrate with Fr. Peter Jon on Sunday morning.

Sunday, April 15: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 followed by a fundraiser meal provided by our young campers as they prepare for their summer pilgrimage. Parish Council also meets.



Bright Week Pilgrimage Opportunity: The world famous wonderworking “Kursk Root” icon of the Theotokos will visit St. George Russian Orthodox Church (118 N. Lebanon Rd. Loveland, Ohio) during Bright Week. On Wednesday, April 11, vespers and vigil will be served at 6:30pm, and on Thursday, April 12, Divine Liturgy will be served at 9 am . The icon will be present for veneration during these times


Aniversary Blessings: Aurelian & Lucia (9th); Daniel & Gala (14th)

Birthday & Name Day Celebration: Subdn. Jon (14th – St. John of Vilna)

Memory Eternal: Norman; Phillip (3/2)

 Prayer List: Barbara; Paul; Caden, Dylan,& Maddie; Marvin (surgery) & Alice; Cathy; Kh. Kristina; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Rigsby family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; Safety in our Schools


The Gospel is read by the clergy and faithful from the solea in as many languages as possible. The readers recite one paragraph at a time as denoted below, taking turns until the whole lection is complete. For additional languages, see pages 829-855 of “The Services of Great and Holy Week and Pascha” (2nd or 3rd edition, Antiochian Archdiocese), or www.biblegateway.com.

Priest:                     And that we may be accounted worthy to hear the Holy Gospel, let us pray to the Lord God.

Choir:                     Lord, have mercy. (THRICE)

Priest:                     Wisdom! Attend! Let us hear the Holy Gospel.

Priest:                     Peace be to all.

Choir:                     And to thy spirit.

Priest:                     The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint John (20:19-25).

Choir:                     Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Priest:                     Let us attend!

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the Disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the Disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other Disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.”

Choir:    Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee.