Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church institutes the sanctity of the whole calendar year of the Church. Its center of commemorations and inspiration is Easter wherein the glorified Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. Every Sunday is dedicated in the Eastern Orthodox Church to the Resurrection of the Lord. One hundred days are dedicated to Easter, 50 before it for preparation, and another 50 after it for commemorating the glorification of the Lord. Easter is considered the “Feasts of Feasts”.
The services of Holy Week transform us into eyewitnesses and direct participants in the awesome events of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In readings taken from both the Old and New Testaments, in hymns, processions, and liturgical commemoration, we see the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, and the mighty acts by which God himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, grants us forgiveness for our sins, and rescues us from the pain of eternal death.
Holy Week is the most important week of the year, because it brings us to the gates of God’s Kingdom. Christ’s voluntary sacrifice on the Cross gives us access to the very presence of God. As we remember the last days of Christ on earth, we relive the great moments of His passion through a continuous liturgical drama.
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Please join us immediately following Divine Liturgy in our Community Center for a Palm Sunday Luncheon. Proceeds will go to help the most vulnerable population the children and the elderly of Cyprus and Greece, providing for their basic needs of medication, food, clothing and heat their homes. Menu includes Fried Bakaliaro, Fasolatha,Beet Salad & Skordalia. Take out orders are available using the form below.
Donation: Adults: $20.00, Children under 12: $10.00 (Pasta Dish)
For tickets and information call: Ann Kamvosoulis: 201-390-5973 • Vasiliki Panagopoulos 201-368-8223
Take Out Order Form
The Christian faith is life, which is Christ Himself. As our Savior Himself said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) Today, on the day of the Resurrection, these words are more powerful than ever. Life has become one person. The source of life has conquered death in a mystical battle recapitulating the whole of creation. However, to approach life, we must walk along the path of Christ. Along this path, we have seen temptation, despair, hatred, solitude, and weakness, to the point that every good seemed impossible, to the point that evil seemed to be victorious over life. But no! In the silence of the grave in which life reposed for three days, Christ was victorious, risen from the dead, celebrating the triumph of life. “The Lord has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
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We will be having a Palm Sunday Luncheon hosted by our Philoptochos on April 24th following the Divine Liturgy.
Menu will include fried bakaliaro, fasolatha, beet salad & skordalia. Take out orders are also available using the form attached here. We will also be distributing tsourekia orders on Palm Sunday and the order form is also attached.
Please mail, fax, or email the form to the Church to order your tsoureki or reserve your spot.
The FOS Ministry bookstore offers a number of resources to guide your Lenten journey and help you prepare for the feast of Holy Pascha:
- Holy Week books
- Lenten Books
- Akathyst book/CD
- Prayer Ropes, Prayer Books
- Children’s Books
- Incense, Charcoal, Censors
- Handmade Lambathes
- Egg Dye
- Custom lambathes, handmade made with love from Axia Creations
All of this and more are now available through the St. Athanasios FOS ministry and bookstore.