Holy Week – Part One


Thank you to Basil Fritts of Flickr for the photo- slight adjustments were made.
Thank you to Basil Fritts of Flickr for the photo- slight adjustments were made.

Holy Week actually started yesterday with Palm Sunday.  Palm Sunday commemorated the Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. (See more here if you missed Saturday's post.) In the Orthodox Church, services are held each day through Holy Week. On the evenings of Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, and Holy Tuesday evenings.  These are the Bridegroom Services.  This service, a matins or orthros service, commemorates the fact that Jesus,  the Bridegroom, will be taken from us very soon.  A Matins service is the morning service of prayer.  It is served before the Divine Liturgy but is sometimes served on the evening before a Holy Day.  During this service six psalms are read, Gospel readings and the Great Doxology.

On Sunday evening, the story of Joseph and the fig tree are read (Matthew 21:18-43).  A hymn is chanted :  "Behold the bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night".

See This Article:  Christ The Bridegroom

On Monday evening, we hear the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).  This parable focuses on the theme of the Bridegroom and the hymn sung  is  "Come Ye faithful, let us work earnestly for the Master that He may increase our talent of grace and wisdom through good works".

On Holy Tuesday Evening, we hear the story of how the woman in the house of Simon anointed our Lord (Matthew 22:15-23 through 23:39; 24:26 ) and once again, as the never ending theme of Lent, teaches repentance.  We sing the hymn of Kassiani.

Listen to the Hymn here:  Hymn of Kassiani on You Tube

"Behold the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night; and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching, but unworthy is he whom He shall find in slothfulness. Beware, then, O my soul, and be not overcome by sleep, lest thou be given over to death and shut out from the Kingdom. But return to soberness and cry aloud: Holy, holy, holy art Thou, O God: through the Theotokos have mercy upon us."

- Hymn from Matins of Holy Week

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7 thoughts on “Holy Week – Part One

  1. Janice M. Biscoe

    Really enjoy your writing and the history and explanations are so "down to earth". We are also celebrating the Orthodox Easter.

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      Thank you Janice! I'm glad you're enjoying them. We'd love for you to join us in some of the services this week;) Its a long drive but so lovely.

      1. Janice M. Biscoe

        Thank you so much for the invitation. Unfortunately, we are booked, and I mean booked, with obligations here. We would rather be with you folks at this time of the year. Hopefully, we will be coming down for church soon. Janice

      2. Janice M. Biscoe

        It will probably be in about 2 weeks. Do you go on Saturday night or Sunday or both? Also, John is Russian Orthodox but we are both very rusty with the services!

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        Liturgy is 10:00 on Sunday's. We sometimes get to Vespers Saturday evening at 6:30- check out The Holy Cross Orthodox Church website, but not every week. We will probably not make it to Vespers the weekend of the 18th due to expected company and my daughters birthday.

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