St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA

     THE FEAST OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

Special note:  Except for those who are elderly and/or disabled, please remain standing during Holy Communion.

While only Orthodox Christians may approach the chalice for Holy Communion, everyone is welcome to venerate the Cross and receive the blessed bread at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

Special note:  Except for those who are elderly and/or disabled, please remain standing during Holy Communion

CHARACTERISTICS OF NEW WEEK AND THEREAFTER

1.  The doors of the Iconostasis are kept open from Pascha until Saturday evening before Thomas Sunday (April 15), to indicate that Christ has opened the doors of the Kingdom.

2.  "CHRIST IS RISEN" is the usual greeting of all Christians from Pascha until Ascension Thursday (May 17th) (40 days after Easter).The response is TRULY HE IS RISEN!

3.  During the Paschal Season (until Ascension), there is NO FASTING (except prior to communion) as we continue the festive celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.

4.  The practice is to refrain from kneeling during this season.  The practice of prayerful kneeling will begin again at Pentecost (May 27th).

5.  During this season we replace the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, "O Heavenly King…," with the Paschal Troparion, “Christ is risen from the dead…”

CHARACTERISTICS OF NEW WEEK AND THEREAFTER

1.  The doors of the Iconostasis are kept open from Pascha until Saturday evening before Thomas Sunday (April 15), to indicate that Christ has opened the doors of the Kingdom.

2.  "CHRIST IS RISEN" is the usual greeting of all Christians from Pascha until Ascension Thursday (May 17th) (40 days after Easter).The response is TRULY HE IS RISEN!

3.  During the Paschal Season (until Ascension), there is NO FASTING (except prior to communion) as we continue the festive celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.

4.  The practice is to refrain from kneeling during this season.  The practice of prayerful kneeling will begin again at Pentecost (May 27th).

5.  During this season we replace the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, "O Heavenly King…," with the Paschal Troparion, “Christ is risen from the dead…”.

 

ALTAR SERVERS TODAY

All Altar Servers are invited and welcome to serve today!

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ENTRANCE HYMN:  In the gathering places bless ye God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.

 

PASCHAL APOLYTIKION - Tone 5:  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

HYPAKOE OF PASCHA - Tone 4:  They who were with Mary came before the dawn, found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, and heard the angels say unto them: Why seek ye Him as man with the dead, Who dwells in light eternal? Behold the grave wrappings; make haste and declare to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath caused death to die; for He is the Son of God, the Savior of mankind.

KONTAKION OF PASCHA - Tone 8:  O Immortal One, when Thou didst descend into the tomb, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades; and Thou didst rise victorious, O Christ God. Thou hast said to the ointment‑bearing women: Rejoice! And Thou gavest peace to Thy Disciples, O Bestower of Resurrection to those Who had fallen.

Instead of the Trisagion "Holy  God...", sing "As many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.  Alleluia"

Prokeimenon:  This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein!

  O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endureth forever.

The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. (1:1-8)

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen. To them He presented Himself alive after His passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them He charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “You heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:1-17)

                In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not. He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to Him, and cried, “This was He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me ranks before me, for He was before me.’”) And from His fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Megalynarion for Pascha – Tone 1The angel spake to her that is full of grace, saying, O pure Virgin, rejoice; and I say also, Rejoice; for thy Son is risen from the tomb on the third day.  Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem; for the glory of the Lord hath risen upon thee. Rejoice and exult now, O Zion, and thou, O pure one, Theotokos, rejoice at the Resurrection of thy Son.

The Communion Hymn (Koinonikon):  "Receive the Body of Christ, taste the fountain of immortality.  Alleluia."

Instead of "We have seen the true Light..." sing, CHRIST IS RISEN...

Instead of "Blessed be the Name of the Lord..." sing, CHRIST IS RISEN...

APOLYTIKION OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM – Tone 8:  Grace shining forth from thy mouth like fire hath enlightened the universe and hath disclosed to the world treasures of uncovetousness and hath shown us the heights of humility. But as thou dost instruct us by thy words, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede with the Word, Christ God, to save our souls.

The Dismissal:  May He Who is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life, Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother; by the might of the Precious and Life-giving Cross; by the protection of the honorable Bodiless Powers of Heaven; at the supplication of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious and all-laudable apostles; of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople, whose Divine Liturgy we have now celebrated; of the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs; of our venerable and God-bearing Fathers; of Saint George, the Great Martyr, the patron and protector of this holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna, and of all the saints: have mercy on us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Priest:  CHRIST IS RISEN!

People:  TRULY HE IS RISEN!

The Young Adults of St. George cordially invite all of you to “break the fast” at the Post Resurrectional Agape meal this morning immediately following Divine Liturgy.

CHRIST IS RISEN!


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