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« on: April 20, 2010, 03:11:08 PM »

I checked the Schedule of Divine Services for Holy Week & Easter 2010, from the website of EC to attend some of them but unfortunately I didn't because of my mid-term exams. Anyways..I noticed sth called Service of the Bridegroom. What is that for? I mean what is the difference with other regular liturgies... I'd be pleased if someone explains it Smiley

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The Most Venerable Patriarchal Cathedral

28 March, Palm Sunday.
Morning: Divine Liturgy of St.John Chrysostom 08.00
Patriarch & Synod to preside

Evening: Service of the Bridegroom 18.00
Patriarch to preside

29 March, Holy Monday.
Morning: Presanctified Divine Liturgy 08.00
Patriarch to preside

Evening: Service of the Bridegroom 18.00
Patriarch to preside

30 March, Holy Tuesday.
Morning: Presanctified Divine Liturgy 08.00
Patriarch to preside

Evening: Service of the Bridegroom 17.30
Patriarch to preside

31 March, Holy Wednesday.
Morning: Presanctified Divine Liturgy 08.00
Patriarch to preside

Evening:
Small Compline-Holy Unction Service 15.00

1 April, Holy Thursday.
Morning: Matins & Vesperal Divine Liturgy of
S1.Basil the Great  08.00

Evening: Service of the Holy Passion 17:30
Patriarch & Synod to preside

2 April, Holy Friday
Morning: Service of the Royal Hours 08.00
Vespers 10.00
Patriarch & Synod to preside

Evening: Service of the Holy Epitaphios 18.00
(The Lamentations)
Patriarch & Synod to preside

3 April, Holy Saturday
Morning: Vesperal Divine Liturgy of S1.Basil the Great 09.00
Patriarch to preside

Evening: Easter Vigil. 23.00
Resurrection Service will take place at
midnight. Matins followed by Paschal Divine
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
Patriarchal and Synodical Concelebration

4 April, Easter Sunday
Morning: AGAPE Vespers Service 10.00
Patriarch & Synod to preside

5 April, Easter Monday
Morning: Divine Liturgy of S1.John Chrysostom 08.30
Patriarch to preside

6 April, Easter Tuesday
Morning: Divine Liturgy of S1.John Chrysostom 08.00
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010, 03:35:40 PM »

The website of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America has an excellent article explaining the Services of the Bridegroom.

"Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridegroom. Each evening service is the Matins or Orthros service of the following day (e.g. the service held on Sunday evening is the Orthros service for Holy Monday). The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the parable of the Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13." For the rest please go to http://lent.goarch.org/bridegroom_services/learn/. For a booklet that contains these services in English, please go to Saint Vladimir's Press and order The Bridegroom Serrvices of Holy Week: http://www.svspress.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_24&products_id=1278&osCsid=nakkren8c1lh5pqc4493grkch3

I would also recommend that you obtain and carefully read Father Alexander Schmemann's classic, Great Lent: Journey to Pascha, which covers this very special period in the life of Orthodox Christians, again in English. I do not know if any of the above has been translated into other languages. May be other members of this board can help out.
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