Great Lent 2015

Here is our schedule for Great Lent and Pascha:

Normal service times on Saturday and Sunday:

6:30pm Saturday         Great Vespers, confessions following
9:40am Sunday           Third Hour and Sixth Hour prayers
10:00am Sunday         Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Fridays from February 27 through March 27

6:30pm                       The Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Wednesdays, from March 11 through April 1

6:30pm                       Presanctified Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory the Dialogist

Important Dates:

February 15 – Meatfare Sunday (last day on which we eat meat before Pascha)
February 22 – Cheesefare Sunday, Forgiveness Sunday  (Note:  Fr. Marty is away this weekend as his son-in-law is being ordained to the Holy Diaconate.  Fr. Maximos Herman will be celebrating that weekend.)

Sunday, March 1 – The Sunday of Orthodoxy

5:00pm                       Great Vespers of Orthodoxy, Lenten fellowship meal  to follow.
Hosted by Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church, Ames
Joined by the faithful from St. George (Des Moines), and St. Nicholas (Pella)

Holy Week

Great and Holy Thursday, April 9

9:30am                       Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
7:00pm                       Matins of Holy Friday and Passion Gospels

Great and Holy Friday, April 10

3:30pm                       Vespers of Holy Saturday
7:00pm                       Matins of Holy Saturday, procession

Great and Holy Saturday, April 11

9:30am                       Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
11:00pm                     The Services of Pascha

The Pascha of our Lord, April 12

Midnight                     Paschal Divine Liturgy
                                     (Ending approx. 1:30am)
Blessing of the Baskets, Fellowship meal to follow

5:00pm                      Agape Vespers of Pascha, cookout/fellowship to follow