|CHRIST IS RISEN! Congratulations with the Radiant Resurrection of Christ!
This is the most joyous and triumphant of feasts, on which we recall the great occurrence of the arising of the Lord Jesus Christ from the tomb after three days, after His crucifixion, death on the cross, and burial. Christ arose early in the morning, after the Sabbath had passed, on the first day of the week, from which this day received our name for it, "Voskresenie" ("Resurrection"). Christians, celebrating the New Testament Pascha, exult in the deliverance through Christ of all the people from slavery to the devil and in the granting of Life and everlasting bliss. Pascha is the essence of our faith: for Christ rose from the dead, and we will rise from the dead. Therefore Pascha is the Feast of feasts and the Triumph of triumphs, and therefore the services of this Feast are exceptionally magnificent and especially triumphant. Read more about the feast here.
|St. Thomas Sunday. General Pannykhida
Vigil & Confessions: April 18, Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Liturgy: April 19, Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Pannykhida at the Cemeteries: April 19, Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
On the second Sunday after Pascha, i.e., the one following after Pascha we commemorate "The Touching of the Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas." On this, the eighth day after the Resurrection of the Lord, we recall how the Lord appeared to all His disciples who were gathered together, this time with Thomas, and allowed Thomas, who had doubted in His resurrection, to touch His wounds; and how when Thomas, believing, confessed Him to be his Lord and his God, the Lord called blessed those who have not seen, and yet have believed. Read more about feast here.
On Thomas Week, on Tuesday, a commemoration of the departed is observed, colloquially called "Radonitsa." On this day pannykhidas are served at the cemeteries, by which the living in a way greet their departed loved ones and relatives with the great and joyous feast of the Resurrection of Christ. In foreign countries most parishioners live far from of the church and cemetery, therefore the first Pannykhida after Easter takes place after Thomas Sunday liturgy (not Tuesday) in the temple, and then at the local cemeteries.
|The Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women. Sisterhood Feast Day
Vigil & Confessions: April 25, Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Liturgy: April 26, Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
The Third Sunday after Pascha is called the Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. Commemorated on this Sunday are all those who were witnesses of the burial of the Lord Jesus Christ and of His resurrection: the holy righteous Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, who asked of Pilate the body of the Lord, to bury it, and the myrrh-bearing women who accompanied the Lord to Golgotha, took part in His burial, and then, coming very early to the tomb on the first day of the week, in order to anoint the Body of the Lord with myrrh, were found worthy to see first the angels, who imparted to them the joyous news of the resurrection of the Lord, and then the resurrected Lord Himself. Read more about the feast here