I write in brief today. The liturgical journey of the Church through Holy Week and into Pascha begins tonight (with Vespers). In my parish it began this morning, since I begin the hours and reading of the Gospels on this Friday, rather than waiting to Monday. Thus, this morning we heard the whole of St. Matthew’s Gospel. A truly sobering experience.
In a side note, I followed that service by traveling over to the University of Tennessee for their International Day Festival where the local OCF chapter had a booth. I took part in a four-man choir which offered a number of Orthodox hymns as part of the diversity of the day. And now I return to prepare for tonight’s service and tomorrow morning’s Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday – which will include Chrismations and Baptisms.
And the rest of the week will be marked with services morning and evening, and as the week deepens, services in the afternoons as well, until at last we reach the Day of Days and the Queen of Feasts, our Lord’s Pascha!
I make myself available for confessions throughout the week – and it is such work that comes first. Thus, I cannot predict how much attention I will pay to blogging. But with this post I ask your prayers and assure you of mine, that all have a good Holy Week and a most joyous Pascha, and that the non-Orthodox remember us in their prayers as well (thank you).
I will try to post from time to time this week – and hold all of you in my prayers. It is a most Holy time.