Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen! Join us at 3 pm today, as we continue the celebration and proclaim the gospel in as many languages as we can. (Come by 2:45 if you know a language and want to read.) Afterward we have the egg hunt for children and a pitch-in meal and party. FLASH: Bishop Anthony has agreed to sing some of his old Kerygma songs. Bring your family, and come over! ...
We wish all our Roman Catholic and Protestant friends a blessed Easter celebration April 1. We Orthodox, however, have just finished the forty days of Lent and are now just beginning Holy Week. April 1 is Palm Sunday for us, and Pascha - the Holy Resurrection - is on April 8. This year we are privileged that our Bishop Anthony will lead us through the Passion and Resurrection, beginning Holy Thursday.
Here's the full schedule:
HOLY WEEK & PASCHA 2018 St. George Orthodox Church • Indianapolis/Fishers
LAZARUS SATURDAY • MARCH 31 Matins 9 AM • Divine Liturgy, 10 AM Great Vespers, 5 PM • Confessions Follow Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead shows He can raise all mankind. Please also join us after Liturgy for a Falafel and spaghetti brunch, and help us prepare for the Feast by preparing and decorating the Lord’s house.
PALM SUNDAY • APRIL 1 Matins and Confession, 9 AM • Divine Liturgy, 10 AM In the triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem to face his voluntary death, “We like the children carry the palms of victory,” in Procession. Adults and children may also bring decorated candles. A Fish Dinner follows Liturgy.
PALM SUNDAY EVENING • APRIL 1 Bridegroom Matins, 7 PM • Confessions Follow The Procession with the icon of Christ, the Bridegroom of the Church, takes place, and we remember the righteousness of Joseph who, like Christ, suffered unjustly with patience and was exalted.
GREAT MONDAY • APRIL 2 Presanctified Liturgy, 10 AM Bridegroom Matins, 7 PM • Confessions Follow We remember the example of the ten virgins waiting for the Bridegroom.
GREAT TUESDAY • APRIL 3 Presanctified Liturgy, 10 AM Bridegroom Matins, 7 PM • Confessions Follow We remember the woman who anointed the head and feet of our Lord, wiping them with her hair, in contrast with Judas and his betrayal of Christ. The Hymn of Kassiane expresses these contrasts with profound poetry and majesty.
GREAT WEDNESDAY • APRIL 4 Presanctified Liturgy, 10 AM Sacrament of Holy Unction, 7 PM We are anointed for healing of soul and body as Christ was anointed in anticipation of his burial. All should have made their confession before this point.
GREAT THURSDAY MORNING • APRIL 5 Liturgy of St. Basil, 10 AM On this day, when Jesus first said to his disciples, “Take, eat; this is my Body,” Orthodox Christians make it a point to participate in Holy Communion. Children may be excused from school. Breakfast will follow.
GREAT THURSDAY EVENING • APRIL 5 Matins with the Twelve Passion Gospels, 7 PM with Bishop Anthony We walk with our Lord through the Passion. A procession with the Cross commemorates Christ’s voluntary Crucifixion.
GREAT FRIDAY • APRIL 6 Royal Hours, 10 AM with Bishop Anthony Church School Retreat, 12 PM Un-nailing Vespers, 3 PM We try to spend this day in Church, heeding our Lord’s words to “watch and pray.” During Vespers, Christ is taken down from the Cross and placed in the decorated tomb. Children may be excused from school for the day for services and for a chat with Father before the afternoon service.
GREAT FRIDAY EVENING • APRIL 6 Resurrectional Matins of Christ’s Funeral, 7 PM with Bishop Anthony We join Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and the Myrrh-bearing Women to sing in Praise of the buried Christ, and we process with the Bier and passing under it as if joining Christ in the tomb.
GREAT SATURDAY MORNING • APRIL 7 Liturgy of St. Basil, 10 AM with Bishop Anthony As we keep vigil, the Victory of Christ over death and his Resurrection ‘explode’ with throwing of the leaves of victory. Please bring your children to this service. Breakfast will follow.
THE RESURRECTION • SATURDAY, APRIL 7 / SUNDAY, APRIL 8 RUSH/MATINS/LITURGY, 11 PM with Bishop Anthony We receive the new Light and the Good News that “Christ is Risen.” Please bring dyed-red eggs. You may also bring Easter Baskets to be blessed for enjoyment and sharing after Liturgy. Our parish council will also serve additional food to break the Fast.
AGAPE VESPERS • SUNDAY, MAY 8 Love Vespers, 3 PM • Egg Hunt • Pitch-in Feast with Bishop Anthony The Good News (Gospel) of the Resurrection will be proclaimed in as many languages as possible. A sign-up list will be posted during Holy Week for you to read any language you know (we might have the text available, if you don’t). Bring your family and something to share, and let’s all enjoy food, music and dancing together! We will also have the Egg Hunt for the children. ...
Thank you, Fr. Nabil. I thought of your parish as we attended a 5 hour vigil at St Monica with countless baptisms, confirmations and 1st holy communions! It was bilingual Spanish/English with a touch of French and a little Latin which made it lengthier. Our son, Viny was lead server and will be ordained transitional deacon this Saturday.
Happy Holy Week to you!
Well just remember , Christ was crucified on a Wednesday anyway.. He was in the belly of the The great fish Three days and three nights. The sight of Jonah
What an awesome posting Fr.Nabil, I love the Easter greeting you sent to our fellow Christians ,from other Denomination,have a blessed Palm Sunday🌴🌺🦋
Congratulations on the Bishop being with you Holy Week, God Bless you!!! Happy Palm Sunday!!!
Thank you Fr. Nabil for the greeting. Have a blessed day.
Jodi, are you attending St. George?
Thanks for that excellent and blessed explanation. AMEYN and God Bless.
FOR THE LAST WEEK OF LENT: JOIN US FOR FALAFEL NIGHT, THURSDAY, MARCH 29 Eat In Or Take Out - 5:30 - 7:30 pm INCLUDES: 4 pieces of Homemade Falafel Full pita loaf (omit bread to keep gluten free) Lettuce, pickles and tomatoes, Tahini or hummus Salad, cookies $10 Falafel is made of vegetables (fava beans, garbanzo beans, onions, garlic and parsley), fried to golden brown. It's delicious, filling and healthy! (It's gluten free too, if you skip the bread.) ...
We celebrate the Great Feast of the Annunciation Sunday morning, March 25. We expect our service to have the drive way and parking lot snowplowed and salted before Matins. Please, of course, be careful as you make your way for our important appointment with the King of Kings Who loves us, "Who for us and our salvation came down from Heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man." ...
This Friday, March 9, there is NO Lenten service at St. George. Instead, we are serving together at Holy Trinity, as part of our annual retreat weekend. Dinner at 6 pm; Akathist at 7 pm at Holy Trinity, 3500 W. 106th Street, Carmel.
Saturday morning, bring your friends, and come to the retreat at St. George. We’ll begin with coffee at 9:30, but it would be great if you could come a few minutes ahead of that to help welcome our guests from Holy Trinity and the other parishes. Though sponsored by the women’s organizations of the two parishes, this retreat is open to men and women. ...
Please note that, just in case Deputy Pickett’s funeral procession runs late, you may want to avoid Michigan Road and approach Holy Trinity from the west; take Meridian, and go west on 106th Street to Holy Trinity.