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Liturgy Schedule and Holy Days



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

Saturdays:  5:00pm

Sundays:  8:30am

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)

st-nicholas-swoyersville-054-1024x768Sundays:    11:00 am

Sunday 10:30-10:45am
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.

Holy Days

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)

Christmas Greeting

  • Christ is Born!    Response:  Glorify Him
  • Christos Razdajetsja   Response: Slavite Jeho


St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittston, Pa


Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

Cantor - Mr. Paul Dzurisin

Deacon Lawrence (Larry) Worlinsky


Sunday Byzantine Liturgy can be heard every week as listed below. You can tune in on either AM or FM, or you can Listen Live online on the JMJ Radio website www.jmj750.com .