During this Great and Holy week, Jesus invites us to make a spiritual journey to the cross. Let us join our hearts in sorrow with his Mother as we recount the events of his Passion in suffering for our sins — the sacrificial love he freely gives to us.
As Jesus invited his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, we may be reminded of the words he spoke to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?
We begin our watch on Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday with an opportunity for healing as we receive the Anointing of the Sick during the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Jesus healed the physically sick but he also healed in other ways. As Byzantine Catholics we receive this Sacrament knowing all of us need healing in some form.
The week continues with the Institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, when Jesus spoke the words found in Scripture that is the summit of every Divine Liturgy and Mass in the world. The Divine Liturgy is made available on this day in remembrance of this great gift and mystery.
On Good Friday, there are two services with Good Friday Vespers and the traditional Burial Procession to the tomb. Here is another chance to pull away from everything distracting us and to realign our focus on the solemnness of this day. The world may continue to race in its own way, but as Christians we can spend an hour meditating at Calvary and accompanying Jesus, his Mother and the disciples to the tomb. Will you keep watch on Good Friday?
Early on Holy Saturday, we still keep watch — now with patient and hopeful expectation. And while we go to church briefly to have our Paschal food blessed in anticipation, it is not yet time. We keep our promise to continue a blessed vigil.
Our joy and hope is fulfilled at last in the Matins & Resurrection Services when the priest symbolically breaks through the barriers of sin and death and loudly exclaims, “Christ is Risen!” Our Paschal Divine Liturgy is celebrated with all doors of the icon screen open wide, showing us visually that Christ has victoriously opened the way to our salvation.
Christ is risen from the dead, and by death he trampled death. And to those in the tombs he granted life!”
Christ’s victory over sin and death unites each of us personally and as a Church when we proclaim our solid belief in his glorious Resurrection, “Indeed He has Risen!”
Weekend Divine Liturgies
( ** See Easter / Pascha Schedule above for Weekend of April 20 – April 21 ** )
Divine Liturgy Schedule at St.Michael’s – Pittston
Sat. 4:15 to 4:45pm
Sun. 8:00 to 8:15am
Or by appointment – call 570-654-4564
Holy Days: Times vary, please call the parish office at 570-654-4564.
Divine Liturgy Schedule at St. Nicholas – Swoyersville (Sister Parish)
or by appointment – call 570-654-4564
St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church is located at 271 Tripp Street, Swoyersville, Pennyslvania, 18704
Holy Week & Paschal Liturgical Dates to Remember:
April 13 Lazarus Saturday
April 14 Palm Sunday
April 15 Beginning of Great and Holy Week
April 21 Pascha: Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
April 22-27 Bright Week
May 30 Ascension of our Lord – Holy Day of Obligation (Thursday)
June 8 5th All Souls Saturday
June 9 Pentecost Sunday
Byzantine Catholic Liturgical Calendar for 2019
2019 Liturgical Calendar ¹
Clicking on the blue text above will open to the website of : the Metropolitan Cantor Institute of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. Additional detailed and informative liturgical resources are available there, with appreciation and Credit ¹ to the Cantor Institute & the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Pittsburgh for making this available to the public for educational and spiritual use.
See our church Calendar of Events
for Major Holy Day Liturgy times (Christmas/Easter), Spiritual and Special Events
For specific dates/times on Holy Day Schedule:
Contact our church secretary @ 570-905-7387
or our church office @ 570-654-4564 (Fridays).
Traditional Daily Byzantine Greeting
- Glory to Jesus Christ!” Response: “Glory to Him forever!”
- Slava Isusu Christu ! Response: Slava na viki
General Byzantine Greeting
- Christ is Among Us Response: He is and always will be
- Christos Posred’i Nas Response: Jest i budet
Pacha (Easter) Greetings
- Christ is Risen Response: Indeed He is risen!
- Christos Voskrese Response: Voistinu Voskrese
- Christos Anesti Response: Alithos Anesti (Greek)
- Christ is Born! Response: Glorify Him
- Christos Razdajetsja Response: Slavite Jeho