CHRIST IS RISEN!

Brothers and sisters, on Sunday, April 16, there will be no day service. Everyone is welcome at the Liturgy on April 23 at our usual time.
There will be an additional Radonitsa (Commemoration of the Dead) service on Tuesday April 25, at 18:30.

THOMAS'S SUNDAY

The first Sunday after Easter is called Thomas's Sunday. The Bright (Easter) week ends with this day, which is like a replacement (repetition) of the Easter day itself, and therefore it is called Antipascha (Greek for "instead of Easter"). The divine service of this day remembers the appearance of resurrected Jesus Christ to the disciples on the "first day of the week in the evening" and the assurance of the apostle Thomas on the eighth day after Easter. Based on the Gospel reading of the feast (John 20: 19-31), the whole service of this day encourages believers to awaken from the sinful sleep, turn to the Sun of Truth, Christ, to strengthen the faith, and together with the apostle Thomas sincerely, joyfully exclaim: "My Lord and my God."

Troparion of the day
From the sealed tomb, You did shine forth O Life! / Through closed doors You did come to Your disciples, O Christ God! / Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit, / By the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all!

Kontakion of the day
Thomas touched Your life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God, / When You did come to Your apostles through closed doors. / He cried out with all: You are my Lord and my God!

EASTER IN OUR PARISH

All photos can be viewed in the album here

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR THE PASSION WEEK AND EASTER

April
13 - Thurs. - 18:30 - 12 Gospels of the Holy Passion
14 - Fri. - 18:30 - Vespers with the deposition of Holy Shroud
15 - Sat.
18:00 - Blessing of Easter eatables
21:30 - Reading Acts of the Apostles in many languages, all are welcome to participate
23.30 - Easter Vigil starts
16 - Sunday - a daytime service during our usual liturgy time may be held, please follow the announcements

HOLY THURSDAY

Troparion of this day:
When the glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before the supper,
the impious Judas was darkened by the disease of avarice,
and to the lawless judges he betrayed You, the Righteous Judge.
Behold, this man because of avarice hanged himself.
Flee from the insatiable desire which dared such things against the Master!
O Lord Who deals righteously with all, glory to You!

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