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Holy Week & Pascha 2015

St. George Orthodox Church • Indianapolis/Fishers

LAZARUS SATURDAY • APRIL 4
Matins 9 AM • Divine Liturgy, 10 AM • Children’s Retreat
Great Vespers, 5 PM • Confessions Follow
Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead shows He can raise all mankind. Please
also join us after Liturgy for a Falafel and spaghetti brunch, and help us prepare
for the Feast by preparing and decorating the Lord’s house, while
our children also enjoy a special time of learning about Holy Week.

PALM SUNDAY • APRIL 5
Matins and Confession, 9 AM • Divine Liturgy, 10 AM
In the triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem to face his voluntary
death, “We like the children carry the palms of victory,” in Procession.
Adults and children may also bring decorated candles. A Fish Dinner
follows Liturgy.

GREAT MONDAY • APRIL 6
Presanctified Liturgy, 10 AM
Bridegroom Matins, 7 PM • Confessions Follow
We remember the example of the ten virgins waiting for the Bridegroom.

GREAT TUESDAY • APRIL 7
Presanctified Liturgy, 10 AM
Bridegroom Matins, 7 PM • Confessions Follow
We remember the woman who anointed the head and feet of our Lord,
wiping them with her hair, in contrast with Judas and his betrayal of Christ.
The Hymn of Kassiane expresses these contrasts
with profound poetry and majesty.

GREAT WEDNESDAY • APRIL 8
Presanctified Liturgy, 10 AM
Sacrament of Holy Unction, 7 PM
We are anointed for healing of soul and body as Christ was anointed
in anticipation of his burial. All should have made their confession
this point.

GREAT THURSDAY MORNING • APRIL 9
Liturgy of St. Basil, 10 AM
On this day, when Jesus first said to his disciples, “Take, eat; this is my
Body,” Orthodox Christians make it a point to participate in Holy Communion.
Children may be excused from school. Breakfast will follow.

GREAT THURSDAY EVENING • APRIL 9
Matins with the Twelve Passion Gospels, 7 PM
We walk with our Lord through the Passion. A procession with the Cross
commemorates Christ’s voluntary Crucifixion.

GREAT FRIDAY • APRIL 10
Royal Hours, 10 AM
Church School Chat, 2 PM
Un-nailing Vespers, 3 PM
We try to spend this day in Church, heeding our Lord’s words to “watch and pray.”
During Vespers, Christ is taken down from the Cross and placed in the decorated tomb.
Children may be excused from school for the day for services and for a chat with Father
before the afternoon service.

GREAT FRIDAY EVENING • APRIL 10
Resurrectional Matins of Christ’s Funeral, 7 PM
Teens Keep All-night Vigil
We join Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and the Myrrh-bearing
Women to sing in Praise of the buried Christ, and we process with
Bier and passing under it as if joining Christ in the tomb.

GREAT SATURDAY MORNING • APRIL 11
Liturgy of St. Basil, 10 AM
As we keep vigil, the Victory of Christ over death and his Resurrection
‘explode’ with throwing of the leaves of victory. Please bring your
children to this service. Breakfast will follow.

THE RESURRECTION • SATURDAY, APRIL 11 / SUNDAY, APRIL 12
RUSH/MATINS/LITURGY, 11 PM
We receive the new Light and the Good News that “Christ is Risen.”
Please bring dyed-red eggs. You may also bring Easter Baskets
to be blessed for enjoyment and sharing after Liturgy. Our parish
council will also serve additional food to break the Fast.

AGAPE VESPERS • SUNDAY, APRIL 12
Love Vespers, 3 PM • Egg Hunt • Pitch-in Feast
The Good News (Gospel) of the Resurrection will be proclaimed
in as many languages as possible. A sign-up list will be posted
during Holy Week for you to read any language you know
(we might have the text available, if you don’t). Bring your family
and something to share, and let’s all enjoy food, music
and dancing together! We will also have the Egg Hunt for the children.

Link to downloadable bulletin:   Holy Week 2015

 


 

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St. George Orthodox Church is a center for Christian worship, teaching and ministry in Fishers, Indiana. Founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1926, we are in communion with the ancient Orthodox Christian Church whose history goes all the way back to the time of Christ and His Apostles.

  You may have heard us referred to as “Greek Orthodox” or “Eastern Orthodox.” We are the original Christian Church of Jerusalem, the Holy Land, Greece, Asia, Africa and the Slavic countries. Our history in North America goes back to 1794 when Orthodox missionaries first arrived to minister to the Native Peoples of Alaska. We believe that God is not an angry and vengeful judge anxious to destroy sinners. Rather, He is the loving and eternally merciful God who created the universe and called it “good.” He made mankind in His own image and likeness for a life of joyful communion with Him. Despite our failings, sins and mistakes, He never ceases to love and freely offer His mercy, forgiveness and grace. The Word of God became man, the carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, and revealed Himself to us as the Way, the Truth and the Life. By His death on the cross, He destroyed the power of death, hell and the devil. And by His glorious Resurrection He arose victorious over every foe and power, offering to us participation in His very life. Jesus Christ founded His Church to be His body on earth as a fellowship of healing, teaching and communion. The Church is a hospital for healing the sick, the wounded and the weak.


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