Holy Friday Afternoon

Good Friday 

Vespers

Scriptural References

Old Testament: Exodus 33:11-23; Job 42:12-17; Isaiah 52:13-54:1
Epistle: Corinthians 1: 18-2:2
Gospel: Matthew 27:1-38; Luke 23:39-43; Matthew 27:39-54;
John 19:31-37; Matthew 27:55-61

Stichera from Vespers (Tone 6)
Today the Master of creation stands before Pilate. Today the Maker of all things is given up to the cross, and of His own will He is led as a lamb to the slaughter.

He who sent manna in the wilderness is transfixed with nails. His side is pierced, and a sponge with vinegar touches His lips.

The Deliverer of the world is struck on the face, and the Creator of all is mocked by His own servants.

How great is the Master's love for mankind! For those who crucified Him, He prayed to His Father, saying: "Forgive them this sin, for in their wickedness they know not what they do."

Down from the Tree Joseph of Arimathea took You dead, who are the Life of all, and he wrapped You, 0 Christ, in a linen cloth with spices. Moved in his heart by love, he kissed Your most pure body with his lips; yet, drawing back in fear, he cried to You rejoicing: "Glory to Your condescension, 0 You who loves mankind."

The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linens, and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb.

The angel came to the myrrh-bearing women at the tomb and said: "Myrrh is fitting for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption."

Explanation of the Feast

On the afternoon of Good Friday, we conduct the service of the Great Vespers with great solemnity. This Vesper service concludes the remembrance of the events of the Lord's passion, and leads us towards watchful expectation as we contemplate the mystery of the Lord's descent into Hades, the theme of Great Saturday.

In popular language the Vesper Service of Great Friday is often called the Apokathelosis, a name derived from the liturgical reenactment of the deposition of Christ from the Cross. The service is characterized by two dramatic liturgical actions: The Deposition or Apokathelosis (literally the Un-nailing); and the Procession of the Epitaphios (the icon depicting the burial of Christ encased within a large embroidered cloth.)

Family Activities

Try your best to attend all of the services today. In most cases school-age children are home or can be taken out of school early for the afternoon service.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

2014 Stewardship:


Parish Resource Guide:

Ministry Resource Guide 2013-2014: Part 1

Ministry Resource Guide 2013-2014: Part 2

Ministry Resource Guide 2013-2014: Part 3


Parish Publication:

The Winter 2014 Edition


Upcoming Events and Services

Sts. Cosmas & Damianos

November 1, 2014

Orthros

Holy Trinity Chapel
November 1, 2014 9 am

Divine Liturgy

Holy Trinity Chapel
November 1, 2014 10 am

JOY Hayride

Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT, United States
November 1, 2014 5:30 pm

5th Sunday of Luke

November 2, 2014

Orthros

November 2, 2014 8:30 am

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