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THE LAMENTATIONS SERVICE OF GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY

THE LAMENTATIONS SERVICE OF GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY

(BEING THE MATINS OF HOLY SATURDAY, SUNG BY ANTICIPATION)

 

ST. MARK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF IRVINE

At the end of the Great Doxology we will process around the outside of the church, while singing “Holy God…” Please light your candles in the entry way as you leave the building and extinguish them as you return.  Please use the plastic cups on the candles. (Take care that the plastic cups do not melt or catch fire).

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As you leave the church this evening, you will greet your relatives and friends.  In so doing please remember that this is a solemn night, for which loud talk and laughter are not appropriate.  Let’s continue our fast from “idle talk,” and save our celebration for Pascha !

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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR Holy Saturday AND PASCHA

Saturday April 19th, 10:00  a.m. Divine Liturgy of Holy Saturday.

Saturday/Sunday, 11:00 p.m. Rush Service, Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha.

Pascha Breakfast follows the service.

 

Next week services and events

Sunday April 20th, Agape Vespers of Pascha, 1:00 p.m.

 

Thursday April 24, Evening Liturgy for Feast of our Patron, the holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Services & Events

St. John’s Greek Festival. Friday May 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 at St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church 405 N. Dale Ave, Anaheim.

Free admission coupons are available at the table in our church hall along with flyers for more information. Please support them!

 

Saturday May 17th, 12:00 P.M. Mother Daughter Tea at the church hall

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West
2014
Parish Life ConferenceJuly 1-6, 2014
Hosted by St. Nicholas Church, San Francisco, California

Make your reservations early as the hotel space is filling rapidly!

“The predominant note [of the Lamentations service] is not so much one of mourning as of watchful expectation.  For the time being God observes a Sabbath rest in the tomb, but we look forward to the moment when He will rise again, bringing new life and recreating the world.

Today Thou dost keep holy the seventh day, Which Thou hast blessed of old by resting from Thy works.  Thou bringest all things into being and Thou makest all thing new, Observing the sabbath rest, my Savior, and restoring Thy strength.

At the end of the service, all go with the Epitaphion around the outside of the church, singing ‘Holy God…’, exactly as they would at a funeral.  And yet this is not in fact a funeral procession at all.  God had died on the Cross, and yet he is not dead.  He who died, the Word of God, is the Life Himself, holy and immortal; and our procession through the night signifies that He is now proceeding through the darkness of Hell, announcing to Adam and to all the dead His coming Resurrection, in which they are also called to share.” — From The Meaning of the Great Fast, by Bishop Kallistos Ware.

Thanks to Wafa Hanna, and to all the ladies who helped in decorating the Bier and our Church with flowers for tonight’s service. Charlotte Hanna was responsible for our Palm Sunday decorations.