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Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great and Holy Friday

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Christ
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rec-
tion
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Mystery
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Great
and
Holy
Friday
Holy
and
Glor-
ious
Pascha
Great
Feast
Exalta-
tion
of
Precious
and
Life-
giving
Holy
Cross
Vener-
ation
of
Holy
Cross
3rd
Sun.
Great
Lent
Feast
Proces-
sion
of
Holy
Cross
Trisagion
Hymn
is
Hymn
of
Cross

 

Memorial
Service
Jennaz
Dead
Evlogitaria
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgical Text
Dead
Evlogitaria
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgy John Chrysostom
Appendix 1, pages 94-98
The Eparchy of Newton
Liturgical Text
Dead
Evlogitaria
Statutes
Memorial
Jennaz
Euchologion
pages 89-91
The Eparchy of Newton
Resurrection
Evlogitaria
Statutes
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgical Text
Resurrection
Evlogitaria
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgical Text
Resurrection
Evlogitaria
tatutes
Memorial
Jennaz
Euchologion
pages 91 - 92
The Eparchy of Newton
Resurrection
Antiphon
Memorial
Evlogitaria
Jennaz
All
Souls
Sat.
1st
All Souls
Sat.
2d
All Souls
Sat.
Kolyva / Kollyva
Ameh
Memorial
Jennaz

 

Holy Eucharist - Consecrated Leavened Qurban (Holy Bread)
Holy God
Jesus Christ
Vespers
Great
and
Holy
Fri.
Holy
Mystery
Consecration
Transubstantiation
Receive
Prayers
Receive
Procedures
Divine Body
Thurs. after
1st Sun. after
Pentecost
     
Antidoron - Blessed Leavened Qurban (Holy Bread)
Antidoron Divine Liturgy - Kissing the cross and receiving the Antidoron Memorial Service (Jennaz with the "Evlogitaria of the Dead")
Leavened Qurban (Holy Bread)
Qurban
Holy Bread
Holy Seal Holy Seal
Cut particles
Arrangement
Prothesis
(Preparation)
Prothesis
Text Lamb
Particle
Prothesis
Text Theotokos
Particle
Prothesis
Text Angels Saints
Particles
Prothesis
Text Living
Particles
Prothesis
Text Dead
Particles
Prothesis
Text Holy Eucharist
Particles
Recipes Recipe
Newton 1
Recipe
Newton 2
Recipe
St. Joseph
Church
Recipe
Traditional
Recipe
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Ingredients
     

 

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

 

 

FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Great and
Holy Friday
Jesus
Christ's

death
in
human form
on
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ
dies on
Holy Cross
Holy God
redeems
our souls.
We have
possibility
of
"eternal
life".
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
5:48-55
2
days
before
Pascha
Great
Holy
Fri.

Great and Holy Friday commemorates the death in human form by crucifixion of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ . Crucifixion means “nailing to the cross”

The death and the resurrection of the human form of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ opens the possiblity of "eternal life" for us after we fall asleep in the Lord. By His death, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ redeemed our souls.

Great and Holy Friday is a day of strict fasting.

All services in Great and Holy Week 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
Divine Liturgy
of Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great
Commemorates
The Mystical Supper
(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
Epitaphios Service
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
evening

Vespers is the Divine Liturgy of Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great - Commemorates The Mystical Supper (Last Supper) and institution of Holy Eucharist of Great and Holy Friday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Thursday morning

The Church commemorates The Mystical Supper (Last Supper), when Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Mystery of the Holy Eucharist of His Body and Blood. He changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood. Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ and His disciples shared this consecrated bread and wine.
The Divine Liturgy of Our Father among the Saints Basil the Great is celebrated in conjunction with Vespers, with special prayerful remembrance for the gift of the holy priesthood.
Prior to Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ instituting the Holy Mystery of the Holy Eucharist of His Body and Blood, He showed His humility and love by washing His apostle's feet.
The Bishop / Sayedna represents Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ and washes the feet of priests / Abouna. The only clergy who wash feet are the Bishops, who do this action in their cathderal.
Great and Holy Friday Vespers

Three doctrines of our faith were instituted at the The Mystical Supper (Last Supper). They are 1. the Holy Mystery of the Holy Eucharist, 2. The Priesthood, and 3. the new covenant ” love one another as I have loved you”.

Matins is the Service of the Twelve Gospels or Passion Gospels or Crucifixion Service of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ of Great and Holy Friday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Thursday evening

The Church commemorates the passion and death of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. The full Gospel story of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ's betrayal, arrest, trial, torture, and death is solemnly read.
Great and Holy Friday Matins

Royal Hours (Great Hours) of Great and Holy Saturday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Friday often at 9 a.m. or noon

Special prayers are said and special sections of the Old and New Testament are read.
All the Old Testmanet prophesies that foretold the coming, teaching, suffering, and death of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ are read.
We stand in front of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ crucified.
Great and Holy Saturday Royal Hours

Vespers is the Descent from the cross and burial of Great and Holy Saturday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Friday morning

Vespers commemorates the taking down of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ's body from the Cross and His burial. The Body of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is removed from the Holy Cross and placed in the tomb.
Great and Holy Saturday Vespers

Matins is the Funeral of Jesus Christ, the Lamentations (Junnaaz al-Maseeh) of Great and Holy Saturday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Friday evening

We have the Funeral Service. We gather around the Tomb (Epitaphion) and we sing Lamentations.
Great and Holy Saturday Matins

Pascha Cycle

Great and Holy Friday is within the Pascha Cycle. Great and Holy Friday is between Great and Holy Thursday and Great and Holy Saturday.

How to determine when Great and Holy Friday occurs

A count back from the date of Pascha is made.

Meditations

The Icon of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, A Meditation by Mary Grace Ritchey, Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

Liturgical Service on Web

Jerusalem: Good Friday 2008, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, You Tube

Greek Catholic, Melkite Al-Bushra

Images

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

Traditions

Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

Collection for the Melkite Church in the Holy Land

During Great and Holy Friday services, a collection is taken for the Melkite Church in the Holy Land.

 

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Annun-
ciation
of
Theotokos
Ever
Virgin Mary
Jesus
Christ's

conception
in
human
form
Incar-
nation.
Future
Theotokos'
accepting
Holy God's will
saying yes
to Holy God.
Holy God
becomes
human
Incar-
nation.
Beginning
of process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
2:11-18
Lk.
1:24-38
25
March
Great
Feast
Class
2
Nativity
According
to Flesh
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
Jesus
Christ
being born
in human
form.
Messiah
is born.
Jesus
Christ's
birthday.
Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
25
Dec.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Circum-
cision
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Jesus
Christ
submitted
to
Mosaic
Law.
Jesus
Christ
is
named
Jesus
Christ's
Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21,
40-52
1
Jan.
Feast
Class
3
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Holy
Theophany
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

baptism
Holy
Prophet
and
Glorious
Fore-
runner
John Baptist

baptizing
Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
in
River
Jordan.
ºAs an
adult,
Jesus
Christ
shows
His
people
that He
is Holy God
(manifestation
Jesus
Christ
to the world).

ºHoly God
shows
His
people
that Holy God
is a
Holy Trinity.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºHoly God
is a
Holy
Trinity
Tim.
2:11-14,
3:4-7
Mt.
3:13-17
6
Jan.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Transfig-
uration
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

transfig-
uration
Jesus
Christ
showing
His
disciples
"...as
much of
His glory
as they
could
behold...".
Jesus
Christ
is both
fully
Holy God
and
fully man.
ºReve-
lation
of glory
of
Holy God

ºConfir-
mation
of two
natures
of
Jesus
Christ
both
fully
Holy God
and
fully
human.
2
Pet.
1:10-19
Mt.
17:1-9
6
Aug.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Triumphal
Entry
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ into
Jerusalem
Holy and
Glorious
Palm Sun.
Shaneeneh
Jesus
Christ's

triumphal
entrance
into
Jerusalem.
Children
throwing
garments
into
Jesus
Christ's
path,
pulling down
branches
from olive
and palm
trees,
putting them
in the
road,
and
waving them
in air,
shouting
"Hosanna!
Blessed is
He
who
comes
in the
name
of the Lord!"
Jesus
Christ's
people
hailing Him
as Messiah.
Jesus
Christ
is
Messiah.
Phil.
4:4-9
John
12:1-18
7
days
before
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Great and
Holy Friday
Jesus
Christ's

death
in
human form
on
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ
dies on
Holy Cross
Holy God
redeems
our souls.
We have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
5:48-55
2
days
before
Pascha
Great
Holy
Fri.
Holy and
Glorious
Pascha
Jesus
Christ's

resurrection
in
human form
Jesus
Christ
rising
from dead
and giving
"eternal
life"
to good.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºOpening
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life"
ºJesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.

ºWe have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
Acts
1:1-9
John
1:1-17
1st
Sun.
after
1st
full
moon
after
03/20
Ear-
liest
is
03/22
latest
is
04/25.
Feasts
of
Feasts
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Exaltation
of Precious
and
Lifegiving
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ's

Holy Cross
is found.
ºSt Helena
finding
Holy Cross

ºRecovering
Holy Cross
from
Persians,
returning
It to
Jerusalem,
and
raising
It up
(exalting).
Holy Cross
is a sign
of glory
and victory.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over death.
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
19:6-11,
13-20,
25-28a,
30-35a
14
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
1

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