Happy Easter to our Catholic and Protestant Brethren!
Easter is the biggest and most important holy day of the entire year, surpassing even Christmas. So, we wish everyone who celebrated Easter on April 4th a joyous Eastertide!
Pascha (aka "Orthodox Easter") is May 2nd this year. That means that we Orthodox Christians are still in Lent.
Pascha (PAHS-kuh) means "new Passover," and is the preferred name for Easter in the Orthodox Church. That's because Christ, the Lamb, shed His blood on a wooden cross — so that Death might pass over us.
Invitation! Come join us for our Holy Week and Pascha services!
Click the Calendar button for dates and times.
Each Sunday during Lent, we will be trying to help in the ways Jesus taught us in Matthew 25:31-46. The six categories he gave us are Hungry, Thirsty, Stranger, Naked, Sick, and in Prison.
Sunday, March 21
Bring to church today: canned food, especially protein and vegetables, to help the Hungry. We will be giving the cans to Rust Street Ministries, to help the Hungry and Homeless of San Angelo. If you have ever been hungry, grumbly in the tummy, imagine how it would be to go a whole day without food. Do what you can to help the Hungry.
Sunday, March 28
Bring to church today: money to help pay for building a well in Africa, to help the Thirsty. We will be giving the money to International Orthodox Christian Ministries (IOCC), who help in crisis situations all over the world. In February this year, we in San Angelo had a water crisis. We know what it is to worry about water. Do what you can to help the Thirsty.
Sunday, April 4
Be sure to greet people during coffee hour so you aren't strangers to each other! And – just as important – invite strangers you meet at the grocery store or wherever to become part of our church family. We are called to help the Stranger.
Sunday, April 11
Bring to church today: clothing, toiletries, and toothbrushes to donate to the Naked. For clothing, you can go to Goodwill or search your closets for whatever "everyday" clothes you haven't worn in the last year. For toiletries and toothbrushes, you can bring in hotel samples, dentist samples, or things you have purchased on sale or with coupons. We will be donating the clothing, toiletries, and toothbrushes to Rust Street Ministries, to help the homeless and needy of San Angelo. Do what you can to help the Naked.
Sunday, April 18
Do you know someone who is sick? Homebound? Aged? Make it a priority this week to make some phone calls, send some texts, or write some cards and send them to these people. Ask if they'd like you to come over to change a lightbulb, move a piece of furniture, or fold a pile of laundry. Do what you can to help the Sick and Aged.
Sunday, April 25
Bring to church today: money for prison ministry, and an open mind. It is tough to help people in prison, and we may not even want to. But they are people, and they need love. Christ knew this would be hard for us, so he commanded us to help the people in Prison. We can volunteer to write a letter or send a card, and talk to Fr. Mark about how to send it. We will also collect money after the worship service today and donate it to Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). Do what you can to help those in Prison.
Calendar of Worship Services
Come, let us worship and bow down before Christ,
our King and our God!
Join us! Visitors are always welcome.
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SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES — Every Sunday
9 am Orthros (morning prayers)
10 am Divine Liturgy (Communion service)
WEEKDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
6 pm Wednesday, April 14, Presanctified Liturgy
6 pm Friday, April 16, Fifth and Final Akathist during Great Lent
6 pm Wednesday, April 21, Final Presanctified Liturgy during Great Lent
9 am Matins/Orthros and 10 am Liturgy Saturday, April 24, Lazarus Saturday Liturgy
6 pm Sunday, April 25, Palm Sunday Evening Service (Christ the Bridegroom Service)
6 pm Monday, April 26, Holy Monday Service (Christ the Bridegroom Service)
6 pm Tuesday, April 27, Holy Tuesday Service (Christ the Bridegroom Service)
6 pm Wednesday, April 28, Holy Wednesday Service (Great & Holy Unction)
Thursday, April 29, Holy Thursday Services
9 am Vesperal Divine Liturgy (no Matins/Orthros) to commemorate the Last Supper
6 pm Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels
Friday, April 30, Holy Friday Services
8 AM Royal Hours Service. Please stay after to help decorate the Epitaphios with flowers.
4 PM Un-nailing from the Cross Service
6 PM Lamentations at Christ’s Tomb Service
Saturday, May 1, Holy Saturday Services
9 AM Vesperal Liturgy (No Orthros/Matins) for Christ’s Harrowing of Hades (Tossing of Rose Petals & Bay Leaves, Knocking on Pews)
11:30 PM Anastasis Resurrection Service with Paschal Divine Liturgy (Hooray, it's Pascha!), followed by Festive Potluck (no more fasting!). Bring your Pascha Basket to be blessed and share!
Sunday, May 2, Pascha Services (aka, Orthodox Easter)
**No 9:00 or 10:00 Service, because the midnight service counts as the morning service.**Be there Saturday night for the Anastasis Service!**
4 PM Paschal Agape Vespers. Bring your Pascha Basket again (with blessed leftovers) for Part 2 of the Feast!
CALENDAR OVERVIEW for GREAT LENT and PASCHA
For the latest calendar announcements and information about activities, see our weekly bulletin.
This year's 2021 Journey to Pascha (Orthodox Easter) will be
Great Lent March 15 – April 24
Forgiveness Vespers will be held immediately following Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 14. This is a special and heartful service, during which the church members and guests all ask forgiveness of each other and affirm, "God forgives, so we forgive." It is a deep and sincere way to start Lent, so plan to attend.
Compline will be held at 6pm on Monday, March 15.
Presanctified Liturgies will be held at 6pm on Wednesdays in Lent: March 17, 31, April 7, 14, 21. (Not on March 24, because that is the eve of the Annunciation, so we hold a Festal Vespers instead.)
Note: Presanctified Liturgy is a Communion service. If you are an Orthodox Christian planning to receive Holy Communion, please speak to Fr. Mark ahead of time and plan to fast from lunchtime on.
Akathist hymns will be sung at 6pm on the first 5 Fridays of Lent: March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16.
Palm Sunday April 25
Plan to attend Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday, April 24. Palm Sunday is the following day, April 25. Palm Sunday is when Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem occurred — and it occurred because of his raising of Lazarus the day before. So, the two events are linked together, and it is meaningful to attend both services.
Holy Week April 26-May 1
See the "Schedule" page for the typical Holy Week Schedule.
Pascha May 2
Note that this is a midnight service, which starts at 11pm the night before, and finishes around 1:30am. Everyone brings a basket of festive foods to be blessed and share during our fellowship time afterward.
Bright Week May 3-8
CALENDAR of ACTIVITIES
For information about activities, see our weekly bulletin.