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ChristHoly and Glorious Pascha Cycle - Preparation - Great and Holy Week

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Pascha
Cycle
Triodion Prophon-
isimon
Sundays
Great
Lent
Palm
Sun.
Sha-
neen-
eh
Great
and
Holy
Week
Great
and
Holy
Mon
Great
and
Holy
Tues
Great
and
Holy
Wed
Great
and
Holy
Thurs
Great
and
Holy
Fri
Great
and
Holy
Sat
Holy
and
Glor-
ious
Pascha

 

Pascha Cycle Triodion Prophon-
isimon
Sundays
Great
Lent
Transition
Period
Palm
Sun.
Shanee-
neh
Great
and
Holy
Week
Pascha Ascension Pentecost

 

Great and Holy Week is six days.
Great and Holy Week begins at the beginning of the Vespers of Great and Holy Monday on Holy and Glorious Palm Sunday--Shaneeneh afternoon and ends just before the Divine Liturgy of Holy and Glorious Pascha is celebrated on Great and Holy Saturday evening.

Great and Holy Week constitute a time marked by greater solemnity, intensified prayer, and stricter fasting as we prepare and then we move with our Lord Jesus Christ through the events of His Passion in the beautiful Holy Week services of the Church.

All services in Great and Holy Week and on Pascha are moved ahead 12 hours.

The reason is probably to make the services more convenient for the people to attend.

Great and Holy Week or Pascha Cycle
Liturgical
Service
of what
Liturgical
Day
Held on
what
Calendar
Day
Time
held
Vespers
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
of Great
and Holy
Monday
on
Palm Sunday
afternoon
Matins
Bridegroom Service
of Great
and Holy
Monday
on
Palm Sunday
evening
Vespers
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
of Great
and Holy
Tuesday
on Great
and Holy
Monday
morning
Matins
Bridegroom Service
of Great
and Holy
Tuesday
on Great
and Holy
Monday
evening
Vespers
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
of Great
and Holy
Wednesday
on Great
and Holy
Tuesday
morning
Matins
Bridegroom Service
of Great
and Holy
Wednesday
on Great
and Holy
Tuesday
evening
Vespers
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
of Great
and Holy
Thursday
on Great
and Holy
Wednesday
morning
Matins
Service of Forgiveness
and
Service of Anointing
with Holy Oil
of Great
and Holy
Thursday
on Great
and Holy
Wednesday
evening
Vespers
Divine Liturgy
of Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great
Commemorates
the Last Supper
- institution
of Holy
Eucharist
of Great
and Holy
Friday
on Great
and Holy
Thursday
morning
Matins
Service of the
Twelve Gospels
or Passion Gospels
or Crucifixion Service
of Great
and Holy
Friday
on Great
and Holy
Thursday
evening
Royal Hours
(Great Hours)
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
early
morning
often
9 am
Vespers
Jesus' descent
from the cross
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
late
morning
Matins
Burial of Jesus
(Junnaaz al-Maseeh)
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
evening
Vespers
Blessing the new light,
Procession of Triumph,
The first proclamation
of the Resurrection,
Divine Liturgy
of Our Father among the Saints Basil
of Holy
and
Glorious
Pascha
on Great
and Holy
Saturday
morning
Matins
Hajmeh;
Paschal Orthros;
Divine Liturgy
of St. John
Chrysostom,
Blessing
of Holy Artos
(Pascha eggs
and bread)
of Holy
and
Glorious
Pascha
on Great
and Holy
Saturday
evening
/
night
  on Holy
and Glorious
Pascha
morning
Vespers
Agape
of
Bright
Monday
on Holy
and Glorious
Pascha
afternoon

In Holy and Great Week, the Church remembers and celebrates and re-lives the events of the Passion, Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. During this week, we have special services that deepen our faith, express our love for God and for each other, and help us come closer to the Lord. During this week also we intensify the fasting that we have been practicing throughout Great Lent -- sharing in some small way the suffering Jesus the Messiah endured willingly for our salvation, and preparing ourselves for joyously celebrating His Life-giving Resurrection.

As we enter into the holiest week of the year, leading up to the most joyful feast of the year, may God bless us with renewed faith and hope, with renewed determination to live holy Christian lives, with the will and the ability to share God's Good News and good gifts with others, and with the life-giving joy of His Resurrection.

Pascha Cycle

Great and Holy Week is within the Pascha Cycle. Great and Holy Week is between the Transition Period between Great Lent and Great and Holy Week and Holy and Glorious Pascha.

How to determine when Great Week occurs

Great Lent is Forty Days.
A count back from the date of Pascha is made.

Traditions

Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

Images

Images of Holy Week ( Includes Pascha) Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

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