Holy Week Schedule 2002
By Father Andrew Harrison
Palm Sunday, April 28:
Matins 8:15 AM , Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM at St. Luke.
Commemorates Christ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Palm and pussy willow branches will
be distributed for the procession around the Church. In the procession the Church is
Jerusalem and we are the children singing, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name
of the Lord." (John 12)
6:00 PM Evening, Bridegroom Service at Holy Trinity Cathedral in
Chicago. The Church (represented by all of us), who is the bride of Christ,
awaits the arrival of the Bridegroom, who is Christ (represented by Bishop Job). All
youth are invited to participate.
Holy Monday, April 29, Evening 7:00 PM at St. Luke, Bridegroom
Service. The priest represents Christ and the congregation is the Bride waiting
for the Bridegroom. The Gospel Lesson is Matthew 22: 15-46, 23:1-30, "Woe unto to you,
Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites."
Holy Tuesday, April 30, Evening 7:00 PM at St. Luke, Bridegroom
Service. Includes a procession with the Hymn of St. Cassian, which describes the
life and conversion of the sinful woman who anointed Christ. The congregation will be
blessed with rose water. The Gospel lesson is from John 12:17-50, "The hour has come for
the Son to be glorified."
Holy Wednesday, May 1, Evening 7:00 PM, Sacrament of Holy
Unction. The Church is called the Body of Christ. We are members of the Body
through our Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, and Holy Communion. As the sinful woman
anointed Christ, we are also anointed with the oil of healing so we can go with Christ to
the Cross to suffer, die, and be resurrected with Him. There are 7 Epistle and 7 Gospel
lessons regarding healing. "The prayer of the faith will save the sick." (James 5:15) We
prepare for this service by prayer and fasting from noon.
Holy Thursday, May 2:
9:30 AM, Morning, Vesperal Liturgy. This service relives
the Lord's Supper and the betrayal by Judas. The hymn "Of Your Mystical Supper, O Son of
God" is sung throughout the service. At the conclusion of the service, breakfast will be
served as an agape meal.
7:00 PM, Evening, Passion Gospel Service. This is one of
the most important and solemn Holy Week services. It is a remembrance and an entrance
into the suffering and death of Christ. The priest, standing in the center of the church
surrounded by twelve lighted candles, reads the words of the apostles who witnessed the
events. As each Gospel is read, one candle is extinguished. During the fifth reading, the
priest processes with the Cross over his shoulder as he chants, "He who hung the earth
upon the waters is now being hung on the cross." At the point of the sixth Gospel when
"He yielded up the spirit" is read, the priest places a wreath of red flowers over the
Cross. The service concludes with the veneration of the Cross. The lighted candles, which
have been held by the faithful during the service, are taken home.
Good Friday, May 3:
3:00 PM, Afternoon, Procession with the Burial Shroud. At
this service the icon of Christ is removed from the Cross as the priest reads, "And taking
Him down, they wrapped Him in a linen shroud." The Shroud is then carried in procession
as the choir sings the hymn of Noble Joseph. The procession ends as the Shroud is placed
in the flower-decorated tomb. While the lamentations of the Virgin Mary are sung, the
faithful make a prostration before the tomb and kiss the wounds on the figure of Christ on
7:00 PM, Evening, The Lamentations. These continue as
Psalm 119 ("Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord") is chanted by the priest.
The refrains are sung by the congregation: "O Life, how can You die?" During the singing
of the 9th ode of the Canon, the priest blesses the congregation with rose water as rose
petals are scattered around the church. When the hymn of Noble Joseph is sung, the priest,
deacons, choir and congregation process around the outside of the church. They return to
the church to hear the reading from Ezekiel about the valley of the dry bones. The
service ends with the veneration of the shroud and distribution of flowers.
Holy Saturday, May 4:
9:30 AM, Morning, Vesperal Liturgy. The service
celebrates Christ's descent into hell to free Adam and Eve and all who lived and died in
anticipation of the coming of Christ. Fourteen Old Testament stories are read. The
beautiful hymn from the Liturgy of St. James is sung, "Let all mortal flesh be silent."
The Eucharist is extended into an agape meal consisting of wine, bread, fruit, dates,
figs, and nuts.
Holy Saturday/Pascha Sunday, May 4/5:
11:30 PM, Late Evening, on Saturday and flowing into the early
hours of Sunday.
BEYOND WORDS TO DESCRIBE!
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Pascha, Sunday, May 5, 12 noon , Agape Vespers. Includes
a procession proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ. The Resurrection Gospels are read in
as many languages as we have people to read them. An Easter egg hunt for the Church
School Children follows the service.
Bright Monday, May 6, Morning 9:30 AM: The Paschal
Liturgy is celebrated again with the proclamation procession.