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Great Lent: 23 February – 11 April 2015
Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha. The purpose of fasting is to remind us of the Scriptural teaching, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The needs of the body are nothing compared to the needs of the soul. Above all else, we need God, Who provides everything for both the body and the soul. Fasting teaches us to depend on God more fully.
Great Lent 2015
The Rules of Great Lent: According to the Ustav adopted by the Russian Church, fish is eaten on the Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem (April 5) and Annunciation (April 7).  Wine and oil are consumed on all Saturdays and Sundays of the Fast (except on Great Saturday (April 11), when wine but not oil is permitted).  On all of the remaining days of the Great Quadregesima, we abstain from fish, wine and oil.   
Read more about the fast here

Lazarus Saturday

  • Matins: April 3, Friday at 6:30 P.M.
  • Hours, Liturgy: April 4, Saturday at 9:30 A.M.
On the Saturday the great miracle is commemorated of the Lord’s resurrection of Lazarus, who was four days dead, in Bethany, "before the sixth day of the Passover;" hence, it is called Lazarus Saturday. The resurrection of Lazarus showed forth clearly before all the divine might of Christ, and before His suffering and death assured all men of the resurrection of Christ and the general resurrection of all the dead.
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Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
  • Vigil:  April 4, Saturday at 6:00 P.M.
  • Liturgy: April 5, Sunday at 10:00 A.M.
On the sixth Sunday of Great Lent, called Palm Sunday, the Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem is celebrated — the royal going of our Lord and Savior to sufferings and the death of the cross, "for us men and for our salvation." Before the Lord, as before a victorious king, palm branches were carried. From these branches the feast itself received the name of Palm Sunday.
Passion Week – April 6 -11

April 7 - Annunciation of the Holy Virgin
  • Vigil: April 6, Monday at 6:00 P.M.
  • Liturgy with Vespers: April 7, Tuesday at 9:00 A.M.
  • Read more here
April 8 – Great Wednesday
  • 5:30 p.m.  Confession
  • 6:30 p.m.   Matins
April 9 - Great Thursday
  • 9:30 a.m.  Vespers with Liturgy
  • 6:30 p.m.   12 Gospels Matins
On Great Thursday we recall the Mystical Supper, the humility of the Lord, expressed in His washing the feet of His disciples, and the establishment of the mystery of His Body and Blood. 
April 10 - Great Friday
  •  9:00 a.m.  Royal Hours
  •  12:30 p.m.  Vespers of Epitaphion, Compline
  •  5:30 p.m.  Confession
  •  6:30 p.m.  Matins
On Great Friday we commemorate the holy and saving passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who for our sake willingly endured spitting, beating, blows, mockery, and death on the cross.
April 11 - Great Saturday
  •  9:30 a.m.  Liturgy of St. Basil with Vespers
  •  12:30 p.m.  Blessing of Kulich and baskets
  •  10:00 p.m.  Reading of the Acts of the Apostles
  •  11:00 p.m.  Blessing of Kulich and baskets
  •  11:15 p.m.  Midnight Service
On this day is commemorated the Lord’s resting in the tomb and His descent into Hades. 
April 12 – The Pascha / The Resurrection of our Lord
  •  12:00 a.m. (midnight) Paschal Matins  & Liturgy
  •  2:00 p.m.   Paschal Vespers

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.


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