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Schedule of Services
Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 8:45 AM | Divine Liturgy: 9:45 AM
Weekdays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM
For information on our Lenten and Holy Week services please contact the Church office at (203) 795-1347 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Great and Holy Week
The following is an explanation of the services of Great and Holy
Week as celebrated in the Greek Orthodox Church. It covers all of the
services, beginning with the Saturday of Lazarus and ending with the
Feast of Pascha. It has been prepared in the hope of enhancing the Holy
Week experience for all of God's faithful.
Each day contains an explanation of the day's icon; scriptural references;
festal or special hymns of the day; and
an explanation of the themes of each service.
Links for each day can be found in the
navigation pane on the left. It is my prayer
that these brief explanations help to make
Holy Week come alive in our hearts as we
prepare to receive our resurrected Lord
The English translation of the Hymns have been taken from
the book entitled: "The Service for Holy Week and Easter" which is
available through Narthex Press (P.O. Box 280758, Northridge, CA
91328-0758). This book, as well as the book written by my beloved
professor and friend, Rev. Alkiviadis Calivas entitled, "Great Week and
Pascha in the Greek Orthodox Church," (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 50
Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA) are indispensable resources for all
Father Peter Orfanakos