Services and Sacraments

Holy and Great Saturday

He Who enclosed the deeps is now seen dead; and the immortal One is laid in a tomb enclosed in a shroud with myrrh. Women, too, come to anoint Him, weeping bitterly and lamenting: "This Sabbath is blessed above all others, for Christ, having fallen asleep, will rise on the third day".(Kontakion of Holy Saturday)…

Holy and Great Friday (in the evening)

Gathered in the night around the Kuvuklia with the Holy Epitaphio, as if around the Tomb of Christ, with prayer and contemplation we pay tribute to the mystery of this Life-giving Tomb. The heart-breaking verses of lamentation carve with the indelible words of sorrowful cross-bearing cry the mystery of the Passions and the Burial in…

Holy and Great Friday (video)

Come, let us all praise Him Who was crucified for us. Mary beheld Him on the Tree and said, "Though You endure even the Cross, You are my Son and my God." (Kontakion of Holy Friday) We are approaching now with trembling steps towards the hill, humbly ascending the top of the Golgotha in order…

Holy and Great Thursday

As the glorious disciples, in the washing of the feet, were enlightened, the profane Judas, ravaged by greed, was benighted. And to the lawless judges he surrenders You the just judge. Consider, you who love money, the one who hanged himself for the sake of it. Shun the insatiate heart that could dare such a…

Holy and Great Wednesday

Though I have outdone the harlot in sin, yet I have offered You no shower of tears. Rather, I fall before You fervently kissing Your spotless feet, praying silently that, as Master, You will remit my debts as I cry: "Savior, free me from the foulness of my deeds!"Kontakion of Holy Wednesday The Church commemorates…

Holy and Great Tuesday

Soul, mindful of your final hour, and dreading the fate of the fig tree, cultivate with diligence the talent you were given. Endure, be vigilant, and say: "May we not be shut out of the bridal chamber!"(Kontakion of Holy Tuesday) Today our hearts and thoughts are overcome by the readings about the five wise and…