Holy Week Schedule

MONDAY, April 22
Presanctified Liturgy 9 AM
Bridegroom Matins 6 PM – Confessions
TUESDAY, April 23
Bridegroom Matins 6 PM – Confessions
Holy Unction Service 6 PM
THURSDAY, April 25
Divine Liturgy of the Last Supper 9 AM
12 Passion Gospels 6 PM
FRIDAY, April 26
Royal Hours 9 AM
***Decoration of the Tomb 1 PM***
– Children & Adults welcome!
Vespers 3 PM – taking down from the Cross
Lamentations 6:30 PM
SATURDAY, April 27
Divine Liturgy 9 AM – Set up for Pascha & Banquet
SUNDAY, April 28
Agape Vespers 12 Noon – Gospel in many Languages/ Egg Hunt
MONDAY, April 29
Bright Monday Divine Liturgy 9 AM – Breakfast Outing!
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Is 40:8
Palm Sunday 2019
Beloved in Christ:
Blessings and greetings to you and your families on the day of this Great Feast!
Having completed the forty-day Fast, we take time before entering into Holy Week to
celebrate the raising of Lazarus and our Lord’s triumphant entry into the holy city of
Jerusalem before His salvific passion and resurrection. Christ’s raising of Lazarus is a
prototype of our bodily resurrection, and His entry into Jerusalem confirms his kingship of
humility and love, not egoism and the sword.
The historical settings of these two decisive events bring us back to the Middle East and our
Mother Church. While we are hopeful that the terrible war that has plagued Syria for the past
several years is coming to an end, its effects on the people both of Syria and Lebanon will be
felt for generations. As they turn from this time of war and suffering to one of hope and
rebuilding, we must continue to stand with our Father in Christ, Patriarch JOHN X, and the
daunting task he faces. Let us help him to ensure that our Church will remain both a beacon
of hope to the suffering and displaced and a leader in the efforts to rebuild and restore the
brokenness of the people.
Today, as we celebrate this glorious feast, let us remember our beloved Mother Church as
She undertakes this holy work. In addition to offering up prayers, let us also offer up
donations so that we might put our faith into action. While most of us will never visit Syria,
we can still do our part to help alleviate the pain and suffering and instill a ray of hope into
the hearts and souls of the people.
Wishing you a solemn Holy Week and a most joyous Pascha, I remain,
Your Father in Christ,
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America
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