2014 Holy Week Schedule

Week of the Bridegroom
Also called Holy Week or Great Week
Great and Holy Monday-April 14
Theme: Story of Joseph (Genesis 37)as a pre-figurement of Christ's suffering
      8:00am Bridegroom Matins
      7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy

Great and Holy Tuesday-April 15
Theme: Parable of the Ten Virgins (Mt 24:36-26:2) and our readiness for Judgment Day.
      8:00am Bridegroom Matins
      7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy

Great and Holy Wednesday-April 16
Theme: The repentant woman who anointed Christ’s feet is contrasted with the agreement by Judas to betray Christ. The anointing at the evening service is for the healing of our soul and body in preparation for the commemoration of the Mystical Supper the next day.
      8:00am Bridegroom Matins
      7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy with anointing of the sick

Great and Holy Thursday-April 17
Theme: Four events: Jesus washes the feet of His disciples, the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, Christ's agony in the garden and the betrayal of Christ by Judas.
      8:00am Bridegroom Matins
      7:00pm Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil
(Teen retreat begins. Church remains open until 2:00am. Tours provided)

Great and Holy Friday-April 18
Theme: Christ's suffering and death on the Cross and His burial in a tomb.
      9:00am Matins with reading of 12 passion Gospels
      1:00pm Royal Hours
      7:00pm Vespers with procession of burial shroud
      8:30pm Singing of the Lamentations of the Mother of God
(Confession available after Vespers. Church remains open throughout the night)

Great and Holy Saturday-April 19
Theme: At the Jerusalem Matins we commemorate Christ's descent into Hades anticipating the moment when Christ will conquer Satan's power of death and rise out of Hades taking fallen humanity with Him. There is a baptismal theme to this service because throughout Church history this evening was the primary time for people to be baptized into Christ.
      9:00am Jerusalem Matins with Procession of Shroud
      7:00pm Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil (Blessing of Pascha food baskets to follow)

Resurrection Sunday (Pascha!) April 20
Theme: "Christ comes forth from the tomb like a bridegroom from the bridal chamber and fills the women with joy!" Resurrection Matins
      9:00am Resurrection Matins with procession
      10:00am Divine Liturgy (Blessing of Pascha food baskets to follow)

Divine Liturgy:
Sunday: 10:00 A.M.
Holy Days (Vigil): 7:00 P.M.
Holy Days: 8:00 A.M.
Thursday: 7:00 P.M.
Saturday Evening Vespers: 5:00 P.M.

Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Parish
14610 Will Cook Road • Homer Glen, IL 60491 • phone 708 645 0241 • fax 708 645 0243 • email

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