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Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will celebrate Holy Week and Pascha (Easter), beginning with the end of Great Lent on Lazarus Saturday. Orthodox and Western Christians celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection on April 20 this year as Gregorian and Julian Calenders mark the same day.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Liturgy for the Raising of Lazarus will be celebrated.
Beginning Palm Sunday morning, worship moves to the expectation of Christ the Bridegroom. Each evening at 7 p.m. from Sunday throughout Holy Week services focus on the events of Christ’s Passion.
At 6:30 a.m., Holy Thursday, Liturgy will be celebrated as the initiation of Holy Eucharist. Thursday evening readings from the Gospels continue to guide worship on the path of Our Lord’s Passion. Holy Friday, the body of Christ is symbolically taken from the Cross and carried in procession as though the event, beyond time, were taking place in our time. Vespers will be sung at 4 p.m. Friday with the procession of the Holy Shroud a part of the evening Matins service.
At 10 a.m. Saturday Liturgy of Saint Basil with Old Testament readings is celebrated in anticipation of the Resurrection.
Pascha, the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, begins at 11:30 p.m. Saturday as “Christ is Risen!” is declared in many languages at the Service of Resurrection which is followed immediately by Matins and Divine Liturgy. Baskets of food are blessed at the conclusion of the service.
Following the Paschal Service the Lenten Fast ends and a great feast of traditional foods will be at the church. Beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Easter Day, the Vespers of Pascha, followed by a reprise of the Paschal feast.
The community of Saint Dimitri welcomes all who are interested in attending the services of Holy Week and Pascha celebrated in the 2,000 year-old tradition of the church. The celebrant for services will be Archpriest Michael Oleska from Anchorage, Alaska. For additional information call 660-9113.
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Holy Week events at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive.
Palm Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:07 p.m., Pasta Brunch fundraiser 11:45 a.m. and (free) Trinity Café at 5:17 p.m.
Paschal Meal: Living Last Supper $10, 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Maundy Thursday: Foot washing and Eucharist at 7 p.m.
Good Friday: 7 a.m. Liturgy, noon to 3 p.m. Seven Last Words of Christ with seven Los Alamos preachers, and 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross.
Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter at 8 p.m.
Easter Sunrise: 6:30 a.m. Ecumenical Eucharist at Ashley Pond.
Easter Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Easter Brunch and 6 p.m. Service of Choral Evensong.
For more information, call 662-5107, or visit latoth.org.