Divine Services for Holy Week and Pascha
Monday, April 15 Great and Holy Monday:
2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Personal Prayer and Scripture Reading
* The church will remain open during these times for your own personal prayer. Father Michael will have Scripture readings and will be available to hear confession.
Tuesday, April 16: Great and Holy Tuesday:
6:15 P.M. Confession, 7:00 P.M. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts & Holy Mystery of Anointing
* During the Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts we celebrate the Holy Mystery of Anointing during which the priest anoints us with Holy Oil that we may be healed physically and spiritually.
Wednesday, April 17:Great and Holy Wednesday: No Service
Thursday, April 18: Great and Holy Thursday:
7:00 P.M. Vespers and the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
* “Let me this day, O Son of God, be a partaker of Your Mystical Supper” is the predominate message of this Service, which commemorates the Mystical Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist.
Friday, April 19: Great and Holy Friday-Good Friday: *Strict Fast*
9:00 A.M. Matins of Our Lord’s Passion-12 Passion Gospels
* We listen to the narratives from the four Gospels that relate to the events of Jesus’ Holy Passion and His last instructions to His disciples.
7:00 P.M. The Office of the Burial of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ
* During this Service we sing hymns that tell of Christ’s Saving Passion, of His Mother’s grief as she and her friends watch His agony, and the meaning of the Cross for all Creation.
Saturday, April 20 Great and Holy Saturday:
9:00 A.M. Royal Hours
7:00 P.M. Resurrection Matins with Divine Liturgy & Blessing of Paschal-Easter Food, reception with Paschal foods following in the Center.
* In the darkened Church, the faithful receive the Resurrection Light from the priest and form a procession out of the Church. The joyous hymn of Christ’s Resurrection is triumphantly chanted- “Christ is Risen!-Christos Voskrese!”
Sunday, April 21 Great and Holy Pascha-Easter Sunday:
8:30 A.M. Divine Liturgy & Blessing of Paschal-Easter Food
* We sing “Christ is Risen!-Christos Voskrese!” repeatedly. As we receive the Holy Eucharist, we share in the mystical communion with the Risen Christ, who has conquered death once and for all.
Monday, April 22 Bright Monday:
9:00 A.M. Paschal Divine Liturgy with Procession
*At the end of the Liturgy there will be the procession with the Icon of the Resurrection and reading of the Gospel at the four corners of the church.
Tuesday, April 23 Bright Tuesday and St. George Patronal Holy Day:
6:00 P.M. Paschal Divine Liturgy
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
WHO ARE WE?
The Catholic Church is a communion of churches. It is made up of churches from the Eastern Tradition and the Western Tradition. Eastern Catholics are in union with Rome. We share the same basic faith and the same mysteries (sacraments), however, our way of expressing them follows the same tradition as the Orthodox churches. In reality, there are many Eastern churches, each with its own heritage and theology, liturgy and discipline.
Jesus sent his disciples to the four corners of the world to spread the Gospel. Eventually, four great centers of Christianity emerged with distinctive Christian customs, but the same faith. These centers were Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome and Alexandria. A few centuries later when the capital of the Roman Empire was moved to the Eastern city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople, an adaptation of the Antioch celebration of the liturgy was made.
From this powerful cultural center the Byzantine church emerged.
A Brief Explanation of the Eastern Catholic Churches, Introduction)
Thus the Byzantine Catholic Church is an Eastern Church in union with Rome; Carpatho-Rusyn in background and flavor, but indeed an American Eastern Church celebrating the Gospel in words, symbols, and action. We are unique in our mystical theology, blending the colors of our many ikons with the congregational acapella chants; raising up our hands and our fragrant incense in prayer and inviting you to come and see who we are and what we are all about as part of the Eastern half of the Universal Church.
St. George Byzantine Catholic Church is a small but active parish with over a century of tradition located in historic Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated every Sunday as well as Holy Days. We offer a variety of adult enrichment programs and other spiritual activities, as well as pirohi sales, a flea market, parish picnics and parties, and so much more! The small size of our congregation allows for intimate and familial relationships. We are “off the beaten path” but close by and we welcome all from near and far to come and share in our rich and historical tradition!
Aliquippa has a lifetime’s worth of powerful lessons to teach you about God, yourself, others, and society. Those of us who have lived and attended Church in the community for some time are comfortable here. The residents of Aliquippa are our neighbors. Sometimes the thoughts of some not from our community create myths about our community that simply aren’t so. The love of Christ is right here in our neighborhood.
“The Lord said of His Church: ‘I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Mt. 16:18). This is said of the pastors of the Church and of all true believers, as well as of all the sacraments, all the dogmas and commandments of our Holy Faith, and of all the offices of the sacraments; for instance, the Liturgy, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Baptism, Chrism, Holy Oil, which have been established unto all the ages, and have already been in existence unchanged during many centuries. See how firm is the Church, founded by the Lord! Remember these words of the Lord and do not waver in the slightest degree when celebrating any of the sacraments. Be firm as adamant.”
St. John of Kronstadt
Are you a Byzantine Catholic who is no longer active in the Faith? Are you not a member of any Church or maybe find that the Church you currently belong to is not a home to you? To you we issue a special invitation to come join us. We both need and want you as a member of our family!