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SPECIAL for HOLY WEEK
- Our Commitment to Holy Week
by Fr. Steven Kostoff
- The Eschatological Nature of Holy Week
by Archpriest Alexander Schmemann
- Bearing the Fruits of the Spirit
by Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow
- Pastoral Advice for Holy Week
by Archpriest John Moses
- We Are Entering Difficult Days
Met. Anthony Bloom, Archpriest Victor Potapov
- Betrayal Then and Now
Archpriest Alexander Iliashenko
- Meditations by Fr. Steven Kostoff for Holy Week
Scroll down for more articles, videos and helps for our journey through the Lord's Passion Week . . .
Feast of Palms - (The Services of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday) - $5.00
The Bridegroom Services of Holy Week - (Held Sun. Mon. and Tues. evenings of Holy Week) - $6.00
Matins of Holy Friday - (The Service of the 12 Passion Gospels, held Holy Thursday evening in anticipation) - $7.00
Vespers of Holy Friday - (The Taking Down from the Cross) - $4.00
Matins of Holy Saturday - (with the Lamentations at the Tomb, held Holy Friday evening in anticipation) - $7.00
Great and Holy Saturday - (Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, with the 15 OT Readings) - $6.00
Paschal Service - (Nocturne, Paschal Procession, Matins, & the Divine Liturgy) - $5.00
Vespers of Pascha - (The beautiful service of Agape Vespers, with the Gospel read in many languages) - $3.00
SVS Press also offers a package of 10 Service Books (including the above) for Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha for $42, a discount of $8 off the retail price.
Holy Week-Pascha Service Book - back in print, with a new English translation.
A complete Holy Week and Easter service book, with the original Greek on one page and a new modern English translation on the opposing page. Paragraph formatting corresponds in both languages, making it easy to follow the services in either language. Hardcover, 5x8 inches, sewn binding. Body text in black and narratives in red.
* This is not the translation we use at our parish, but still, this is a convenient and beloved Holy Week-Pascha book, and is an excellent resource for the Orthodox home.
Ancient Faith Radio:
Six Holy Week reflections by Fr. Thomas Hopko
Now available on Ancient Faith Radio are six reflections by Father Thomas Hopko (of beloved memory) on the first three days of Holy Week. The podcast episodes are brand new to the internet radio station and offer a perfect way to prepare for the celebration of the Church’s services prior to Pascha.
The reflections may be accessed here.
In these six reflections Father Thomas, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, widely known author and lecturer who spoke at our Lenten Retreat in 2010, examines the significance of the Scripture readings and verses that are the focus of Holy Week.
Three additional podcasts by Father Thomas are available on Ancient Faith Radio, each containing numerous episodes on Christian belief and behavior: Speaking the Truth in Love, Worship in Spirit and Truth, and The Names of Jesus. His reflections on Holy Week are part of the podcast “Speaking the Truth in Love.”
The Orthodox Faith catechetical series by Fr. Thomas Hopko, walks us through the great and saving events of the Passion Week of the Lord Jesus Christ, highlighting each day's importance in our journey to Golgotha and the Empty Tomb. The divine services of the Orthodox Church, the special hymns, the scripture passages, the commemorations, and the major themes of each day, are brought out in brief yet rich articles conveying the powerful and saving mystery of our Lord's sufferings, crucifixion and resurrection.
Lazarus Saturday/Palm Sunday: Lazarus Saturday is a paschal celebration. It is the only time in the entire Church Year that the resurrectional service of Sunday is celebrated on another day. Continue reading...
This brief article is helpful in understanding the unfolding of events in Holy Week and how the four Gospels narrate these events each in a unique manner. Posted with permission of the author.
TIMING THE PASSION AND HOLY WEEK
Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., Director
Department of Religious Education
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
The core of the four Gospels is the story of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. In fact, these elements comprise the longest sections of the Gospels. However, the Gospels only provide clues to understanding the timing of the events of this week. Ancient Christians, especially those who knew the Jewish community, would have more easily understood the references.
Continue reading the full article in printable PDF format,
GREAT AND HOLY TUESDAY
The Lord calls us to Watchfulness
Read the full sermon by Archimandrite Kirill (Pavlov).
THE BRIDEGROOM MATINS
by Fr. Alexander Schmemann (†1983)
...Do we understand that when the world rejected its Savior, when "Jesus began to be sorrowful and very heavy... and his soul was exceedingly sorrowful even unto death," when He died on the Cross, "normal life" came to its end and is no longer possible. For there were "normal" men who shouted "Crucify Him [" who spat at Him and nailed Him to the Cross. And they hated and killed Him precisely because He was troubling their normal life. It was indeed a perfectly "normal" world which preferred darkness and death to light and life.... By the death of Jesus the "normal" world, and "normal" life were irrevocably condemned. Or rather they revealed their true and abnormal inability to receive the Light, the terrible power of evil in them.
"Now is the Judgment of this world" (John 12:31). The Pascha of Jesus signified its end to "this world" and it has been at its end since then. This end can last for hundreds of centuries this does not alter the nature of time in which we live as the "last time." "The fashion of this world passeth away..." (I Cor. 7:31)...
- MYSTAGOGY Blog ~ Holy Week Resource Page
Literally dozens of articles covering each day, theme, and scripture reading of the Lord's Passion Week...
- The Bridegroom Services of Holy Week - Compiled by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
- On the Services of Passion Week - Monachos.net
- St Leo the Great, Pope of Rome - Homily on the Passion - Monachos.net
Synaxarion For Holy and Great Tuesday
By Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos
On Holy and Great Tuesday, we commemorate the Parable of the Ten Virgins in the Holy Gospel.
Who win a victory from the impartial Master.
Then the Kingdom will not be like a seed…
From St Nikolaj Velimirovich:
The Kingdom of Heaven can no longer be as it was in other parables and comparisons but will be like the ten virgins who fall asleep until they are awakened in the middle of the night with the cry: “Behold, the bridegroom comes!” Sleep here is understood as death. As the number ten here symbolizes the fullness of numbers, with the ten sleeping virgins we can understand all the deceased before the coming of the Judge. All will awake, therefore, both the wise and the foolish. For the cry will be great and frightening: “Behold the Bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him”! Truly there has not been a more frightening thunder and crash than the echo of the trumpet of the Angels! The earth will shake from that thundering and crash and cry and echo, the sea will toss to and fro, all of man’s buildings will crush to dust and ashes. But this crashing and thundering will not be for the sake of confusing nature and for the destruction of man’s and God’s deeds – no, that is incidental and secondary – but the goal of that thundering and crashing will be to awaken the dead in the tombs.
Journey through the Passion Week through Icons of the Lord
From the Raising of Lazarus and the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, to the Washing of the Disciples Feet, the Last Supper, and the Crucifixion and Entombment, the iconographic treasury of the Church — if we will approach it with eyes to see — takes us out of this world and mystically unites us with our Lord Jesus Christ in His dramatic acts to save mankind.