Monthly Archives: April 2020

Holy and Great Friday

Royal Hours Tomorrow morning begins with the service of the Royal Hours. As we approach the hour of our Lord’s Crucifixion, we are asked to reflect on the full horror of what He endured on the Cross, for this was not … Continue reading

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Holy and Great Friday

The Matins service for Great and Holy Friday (served on Thursday evening) includes the 12 Gospel readings and recounts the arrest, trial, humiliation, suffering, and execution of our Lord, the Son of God Himself. It is a long and exhausting … Continue reading

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Holy and Great Thursday

Thursday morning is marked by the service of the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Though we recall the Mystical Supper during every Divine Liturgy, now, in particular, we are reminded of the very first Eucharist served by our … Continue reading

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Holy and Great Thursday

14Are any among you sick? Let them call for the presbyters of the Church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the Name of the Lord.15The prayer of faith will heal those who are sick and the … Continue reading

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Holy and Great Wednesday

As I explained in the last bulletin, the services for Holy and Great Week begin on Sunday evening. The Matins services read during the first three days of Holy and Great Week are known as the Bridegroom Matins services. We … Continue reading

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Holy and Great Tuesday

Having come to the end of Great Lent, we now find ourselves in Holy and Great Week, the heart of our Orthodox faith and the centre of the Church festal calendar. Holy Week begins on the evening of Palm Sunday … Continue reading

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