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HOLY WEEK 2021 Schedule of Services

ORTHODOX METROPOLITANATE

OF HONG AND SOUTH EAST ASIA

ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL OF SAINT LUKE

HONG KONG

HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA 2021

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Palm Sunday - April 25

Morning

10.00 am Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom

11.00 am Bridegroom Service

Synaxarion

On this day, Palm Sunday, we celebrate the resplendent and glorious feast of the entry of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

Texts

Morning

Divine Liturgy

Bridegroom Service

Holy and Great Wednesday - April 28

Evening

19.00 pm Sacrament of the Holy Unction

Synaxarion

On great and holy Wednesday, as the most divine fathers ordained, we commemorate the harlot who anointed the Lord's feet with fragrant ointment, since this occurred shortly before the saving Passion.

Texts

Evening

Holy Unction Service with Niptiras Service

Holy and Great Thursday - April 29

Evening

19.00 pm Service of the Holy Passions (12 Gospels)

Synaxarion

On holy and great Thursday the godly Fathers, who have arranged all things well, received from the divine Apostles and the sacred Gospels and in turn handed down to us, that today we should celebrate four things: the sacred Washing of Feet, the Mystical Supper (that is, the tradition of what we know as the awesome Mysteries of Holy Communion), the High Priestly Prayer, and finally the Betrayal itself.

Texts

Evening

Holy Passion Service

Holy and Great Friday - April 30

Evening

19.00 pm Epitaphios Service (Lamentations)

Synaxarion

On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ: the spitting, the blows, the buffeting, the mockery, the reviling, the purple robe, the reed, the sponge, the vinegar, the nails, the spear, and above all, the Cross and Death which He condescended to endure willingly for our sakes. Also the saving confession on the cross of the grateful Robber who was crucified with Him.

Texts

Evening

Epitaphios Service

Holy and Great Saturday - May 01

Evening

20.00 pm The Glorious Resurrection and the Liturgy of Pascha

Synaxarion

On great and holy Saturday, we celebrate the burial of the divine Body and the descent into Hades of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through which He recalled our human race from corruption and passed it over into life eternal.

Texts

Evening

Pascha Pannychis

Pascha Matins

Parcha Liturgy

Notes

All the Services will be held at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Luke, 704 Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Important Announcement

There is no prescribed number who can attend ordinary worship but according to the amended Cap. 599G, religious gatherings held at any premises constructed or regularly used as a place of worship (including a church, monastery or nunnery, mosque, synagogue or temple) will be exempted from prohibition of group gathering starting from 1st April, on the conditions that measures must be in place for restricting the number of participants in the activity to not more than 30% of the number of persons that may normally be accommodated on the premises and no food or drink is served (except food or drink as part of a religious ritual).

We ask for your cooperation to keep everyone safe:

1. If you are ill or have a fever, do NOT attend service.

2. The laity must wear a facemask or similar covering of the mouth and nose at all times.

3. Once the Liturgy is concluded, the faithful should leave the church compound and avoid socialising.

4. Before entering the church compound, the faithful are required to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” venue QR code. The information collected will be kept for 31 days and will solely be used by the Government for contact tracing purposes in preventing further spread of the virus.

An Announcement for Non Orthodox Visitors

Non Orthodox visitors cannot be accomodated at the Services of Holy Passion (Holy Thursday evening, 19.00 pm), at the Epitaphios Service (Holy Friday evening, 19.00 pm) and at the Pascha Services (Holy Saturday night, 20.00 pm).

Locate Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral

Address: 3 Arbuthnot Road, 704 Universal Trade Center, Central, Hong Kong

Email: office@omhksea.org

Transportation:

MTR Central Station, Exit "D1"

Public bus, route no. 12M, 13, 23A and 40M

Green light bus, route no. 10A & 10B

Blessed Holy Week and Pascha!