Holy Week guide and service schedule

  • April 23, 2024 by Fr. John Phelps

Dear Mission Faithful,

The blessing of the Lord!

As we are only days away from the end of Great Lent and the beginning of Holy Week, I hope that you have had a spiritually profitable struggle. There is still time to enter into the Fast in preparation for the Resurrection! As Saint John Chrysostom says in his Paschal homily, if any “have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him not be fearful on account of his lateness.”

Our Holy Week journey begins with Small Compline on Friday night, when we will read the Canon of Saint Lazarus, who Christ raised from the dead, as a foreshadowing of His own Resurrection. There will be many Divine Services during Holy Week, and I would encourage you to attend as many as you can. To that end, I am attaching a document that gives details about all the upcoming services during Holy Week; in addition below are schedules for both the mission and the monastery, so that you might be able to take advantage of the many opportunities next week.

A Practical Guide to Holy Week Services and Pascha

Note: shared services highlighted Mission of Saints Joachim & Anna Monastery of Saint John the Forerunner
Apr 26, Friday Small Compline w/ Canon of St. Lazarus, 6pm Presanctified Liturgy, 7am
Small Compline w/ Canon of St. Lazarus, TBA
Apr 27, Lazarus Saturday Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 8:15am
Cleaning Day, brunch provided
Vespers, 5:30pm
Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 6:30am

Great Vespers, 6pm
Apr 28, Palm Sunday Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 8:15am

Bridegroom Orthros, 6pm
Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 7am
Vespers & Compline, 4:30pm
Bridegroom Orthros, 6:30pm
Apr 29, Holy Monday Presanctified Liturgy, 6am

Bridegroom Orthros, 6pm
Presanctified Liturgy, 7am
Great Compline, 4:30pm
Bridegroom Orthros, 6:30pm
Apr 30, Holy Tuesday Presanctified Liturgy with Monastery

Bridegroom Orthros, 6pm
Presanctified Liturgy, 7am
Great Compline, 4:30pm
Bridegroom Orthros, 6:30pm
May 1, Holy Wednesday Presanctified Liturgy, 8am
Holy Unction with Monastery
Catechism, 7pm
Presanctified Liturgy, 7am
Holy Unction, 4pm
Bridegroom Orthros, 6:30pm
May 2, Holy Thursday Vesperal Liturgy, 9am
Passion Service, 6pm
Vesperal Liturgy, 7am
Passion Service, 7pm
May 3, Holy Friday Royal Hours & Typika, 9am
Unnailing Vespers, 3pm
Lamentations with Monastery
Royal Hours & Unnailing Vespers, 8:30am

Lamentations, 7pm
May 4, Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy, 9am
Midnight Office, Rush, Paschal Orthros & Liturgy, 11pm
Blessing of baskets and breaking the fast following
Vesperal Liturgy, 8am
Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 11:15pm
Breakfast following
May 5, PASCHA Agape Vespers, 2pm
Paschal Trisagion and hymns at Cemetery following
Agape Vespers, 5:30pm
May 6, Bright Monday
(St. George)
Divine Liturgy with Monastery Divine Liturgy, 7am

Much love in the risen Christ,

Fr. John