St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Holy Week 2017 Schedule

Holy UnctionWe welcome all to join us throughout the year at our Liturgical Services and especially during Great Lent and Holy Week leading up to the Glorious Feast of Great and Holy Pascha. If you cannot attend a service but would like to still participate, please consider joining us online via our live broadcasts page.

View our Holy Week Service Schedule with Details below. Learn more about Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha.

Lazarus Saturday - April 8

Matins 8 am
Divine Liturgy 9 am
Communion Breakfast 10:15 am
Church Cleanup / Choir Rehearsal
Great Vespers 4 pm

Palm Sunday - April 9

Matins 8:45 am
Divine Liturgy 10 am
   Annual Fish Dinner to follow
Bridegroom Matins 7 pm

Holy Monday - April 10

Bridegroom Matins 7 pm

Holy Tuesday - April 11

Presanctified Liturgy 7 am
Bridegroom Matins 7 pm

Holy Wednesday - April 12

Holy Unction 7 pm

Holy Thursday - April 13

Vesperal Liturgy 7 am
Washing of the Feet 6:45 pm
Service of the 12 Gospels 7 pm

Holy Friday - April 14

Children's Retreat 9:30 am
Royal Hours 1 pm
Unnailing Vespers 3 pm
Lamentations 7:15 pm
    followed by Procession to Central Square

Holy Saturday - April 15

Morning
Vesperal Liturgy 9 am
Reception 12 pm

Evening
Vigil/Rush Service 10 pm
Resurrection Matins 11 pm

Great and Holy Pascha - April 16

Divine Liturgy 12 midnight
Paschal Festivities in the Church Hall following.

Joint Agape Vespers (Baouth) 11 am TBD.
Reception following.

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It is preferred that you make your confession before Holy Week. However, if you are unable to do so, Fr. Antony is available for Confession before and after services from Monday to Wednesday evenings only of Holy Week or by appointment.

Please note that no confessions will be heard on Great and Holy Saturday before the Rush procession.

The Church Parking Lot WILL BE AVAILABLE for parking throughout Holy Week;  however it is NOT AVAILABLE for parishioner parking Mon–Thurs from 9 am to 5 pm.

LAZARUS SATURDAY, April 8

Please come and bring your friends and family to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday and enjoy a Communion Breakfast offered by Selma Winstanley in memory of brother, Mitchell Mabardi.

Don't forget: following the Communion Breakfast, there will be a Church Clean-Up and Choir Rehearsal for Pascha. Anyone interested in singing should fell free to attend.

At noon, after the breakfast, there will be a Church Clean-Up in preparation for Pascha, coordinated by the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. Everyone is encouraged to bring some rags, cleaning supplies, small buckets, brown paper bags and irons for wax removal, etc. Please come and lend a hand in preparing God’s House for the Feast of Feasts. Remember, “Many hands make light work!”

PALM SUNDAY, April 9

Remember to return your Food For The Hungry boxes and canisters, filled with money, and pass them in at the Bengarri this Sunday, April 9.

There will be no Church School classes this Sunday. Following the Liturgy there will be the Procession with Palms (no lighted candles, please). All who wish to do so are invited to join the procession; children are especially encouraged to participate.

This Sunday also we will be taking an Archdiocese collection in support of the continued work of His Beatitude Patriarch IGNATIUS IV and our Mother Church .

Palm Sunday Fish Dinner – The Fellowship of St. John the Divine is hosting its annual fish dinner after Liturgy. Instead of cooking, spend your Palm Sunday with your family and friends in Church. Reservations are not required; thanks to the generosity of a parishioner, there will be plenty of food. A freewill donation will be happily accepted, but there is no set price for this dinner.

PALM SUNDAY, HOLY MONDAY AND HOLY TUESDAY

On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, April 9,10,11, there will be a Bridegroom Matins service at 7:00 p.m. 

Confessions - During Holy Week Fr. Antony is available for Confession before and after services from Monday to Wednesday evenings only, or by appointment. Please note that no confessions will be heard on Great and Holy Saturday before the Rush Procession.

HOLY WEDNESDAY

The evening service on Wednesday, April 12, is Holy Unction. The service includes seven Epistles, seven Gospels, and seven prayers, all about oil and healing and forgiveness and the Holy Spirit. Seven wicks are lit in the bowl of oil, and at the end each of us is anointed and given Holy Oil to take home.

HOLY THURSDAY

On Thursday, April 13, Vesperal Liturgy is at 7:00 a.m. The evening service begins at 6:45 p.m. with Washing of the Feet, followed at 7:00 p.m. by Twelve Gospels, in which we hear by candlelight the entire story of Christ’s final teaching, passion, trial, walk to Golgotha, crucifixion and burial, from all four of the Gospel writers.

HOLY FRIDAY

The Children's Retreat, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 14, will include lessons, activities, crafts, "ask Father," and confessions (children only). For children under age 7, accompanied by a parent, activities will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30. Older children will stay on for the Royal Hours at 1:00 p.m. A goodwill offering of $5 per child will help defray activity expenses. If you can help with the retreat, or provide food, please call Trish at 781-641-0182 before Palm Sunday, or email her at t_orlovsky@hotmail.com

Royal Hours begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by Unnailing Vespers at 3:00 p.m., when the figure of Christ is removed from the Cross, where is was nailed Thursday during the Twelve Gospels service, and is laid in the tomb, or bier.

Lamentations begins at 7:15 p.m. this year. During this service we will process with the Bier out of the church and down Massachusetts Avenue to Central Square , where we will meet worshippers from Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Church carrying their bier, and join them for prayers and blessings before processing back to St. Mary.

Help Decorate The Church - Your help is needed on Great and Holy Friday at 9:00 a.m. and on Great and Holy Saturday after the Liturgy and Coffee Hour at 1:00 p.m. We will be preparing and decorating the Bier and Church for Pascha. Please come, stay and help.

Be sure to sign up and participate in the Vigil Friday night and into Saturday morning. Volunteers, keeping vigil over the tomb of Christ, will take turns reading from the Bible throughout the night.

HOLY SATURDAY

Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. We commemorate Christ’s triumph over evil and death, with the scattering of bay leaves and flowers. This service includes fifteen lessons from the Old Testament, all prophesying the ultimate victory of God, and also includes Baptism and Chrismation of our eight catechumen. The Liturgy will be followed by a Coffee Hour/Reception.