Holy Week and Pascha: April/May 2013
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- Sunday April 28: Palm Sunday at 10 AM
- Holy Monday April 29: Bridegroom Matins at 6 PM (not 7)
- Holy Tuesday April 30: Bridegroom Matins at 6 PM (not 7)
- Holy Wednesday May 1: Last Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6 PM
- Holy Thursday May 2: Liturgy at 10 AM; 12 Passion Gospels at 6 PM
- Holy Friday May 3: Great Vespers and Lamentation at 3 PM
- Great and Holy Saturday May 4: Liturgy of the 15 Readings at 9 AM
- Pascha / Service of the Resurrection: Saturday night at 10:30 PM followed by the blessing of the baskets and a celebratory meal in the newly renovated downstairs hall. On Sunday morning, there is an afterglow service of the Vespers of Pascha at 11 AM, followed by the Parish celebration of the "Lamb Feast" in Trinidad.
Current Month: April 2013
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Special services in April:
- April 3 - Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6 pm
- April 6 - Great Vespers at 6 pm
- April 7 - Sunday Of The Holy Cross: Liturgy 10 AM
- April 10 - Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6 pm
- April 13 - Great Vespers at 6 pm
- April 14 - Sunday Of St. John Climacus: Liturgy 10 AM
- April 17 - Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6 pm
- April 20 - Great Vespers at 6 pm
- April 21 - Sunday Of St. Mary of Egypt: Liturgy 10 AM
- April 24 - Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6 pm
- April 27 - Lazarus Saturday: Great Vespers at 6 pm
- April 28 - Palm Sunday: Liturgy 10 AM
- April 29 - Holy Monday: Bridegroom Matins at 7 pm
- April 30 - Holy Tuesday: Bridegroom Matins at 7 pm
Theophany, also called Epiphany, is the annual celebration of Jesus' baptism in the river Jordan.
It is considered as the second major feast -- after Easter -- by all the ancient Christian churches of the East, notably in Ethiopia where its celebration (called Timkat) is the highlight of the year.
On Sunday, Eureka's Orthodox Christian community hopes to take advantage of the clement weather to celebrate this feast in the most traditional manner, by holding a procession starting at 11:45 a.m. from the church's grounds, 939 F St., down to the bay to bless the waters according to an ancient ceremony having its roots in second century Jerusalem.
”Christians believe that Jesus' baptism is a defining moment, not only in his own life but also in cosmic history,” said the Rev. Laurent Cleenewerck, pastor at St. Innocent Orthodox Church. “It is also a reminder that we can encounter God in his creation when we approach the world in a spiritual way, which is why we bless the waters to proclaim the renewal and sacredness of created world.”
Cleenewerck's sermon at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday will focus on the meaning of what he calls “resurrected living” and the concept of spiritual rebirth in Christianity.
All are invited to witness this ancient Christian ritual and partake in the blessed water this Sunday