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ChristHoly and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great and Holy Thursday

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

 

Great and Holy Thursday 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
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 Mystical
Supper (Last Supper)


Institution
Holy Mystery
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

Vespers is the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Wednesday morning

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy consists of the Office of Vespers followed by Holy Communion.
Great and Holy Thursday Vespers

Matins is the Service of Forgiveness and Service of Anointing with Holy Oil of Great and Holy Thursday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Wednesday evening

The Church offers us two Holy Mysteries of healing for our souls and bodies. These Holy Mysteries for the healing of soul and body are given to everyone because no one is perfect; all of us need God's healing mercy and love.
Service of Forgiveness with the Holy Mystery of Repenance and Service of Anointing with Holy Oil with the Holy Mystery of Holy Oil
Great and Holy Thursday Matins

Holy Myron

The Patriarch consecrates Holy Myron (a special mixture of oil and spices) for all the Melkite Greek Catholic Churches. Holy Myron is used for annointing in the Holy Mysteries.

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).

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

Pascha Cycle

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

How to determine when Great and Holy Thursday occurs

A count back from the date of Pascha is made.

Traditions

Great Lent is Forty Days.   Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

Images

Images of Great and Holy Thursday 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)

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O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and given life to the world: grant, O Lord, to the souls of your servants Bucky and Shirley, who has departed from this life, that it may rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing. And since You are a gracious God and the Lover of Mankind, forgive him/her every sin he/she has committed by thought, or word, or deed, for there is not a man who lives and does not sin : You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true. You are the Resurrection and the Life, and the repose of your departed servants Bucky and Shirley. O Christ our God, and we send up glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-givng Spirit, now and always and for ages upon ages. Amen.

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