Easter Services at Good Shepherd Orthodox Church,
Monash University, Clayton
Palm Sunday 24th 10am - 12pm
Children lead a procession around the outside of the church carrying candles and singing. In some traditions small crosses made from palm fronds are given out.
Holy Monday 7.30 - 9.30pm Bridegroom service
Holy Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30pm Bridegroom service
These two initial services emphasise the need for watchfulness (ie. waiting for the Bridegroom) and Christ's love for us.
Holy Unction (Healing) - 7.30 - 9.30pm
Includes anointing (using a cotton tip to place oil on forehead) for healing physically and spiritually. Anyone who wishes to, goes forward, and most people do, similar to as we do for communion.
Holy Thursday - 7.30 - 10.30pm
12 scripture readings to tell the chronological story of Christ's suffering. A candle is lit as each bible reading is read. A long but moving service.
Holy Friday - 7.30 - 9.30pm Lamentations
The lamentations are sung, with the Epitaphios (icon of Christ having been taken down from the cross) placed on a bier. At the end of the service the bier and icon are processed around the outside of the church, like a funeral procession. At St. Nicholas' Orthodox church in East Melbourne, it's quite spectacular as hundreds of people holding candles and singing process down Hoddle st and Victoria Pde.
Holy Pascha - Saturday 10pm - 2am
(That time includes the Divine liturgy from about 12am, and a feast afterwards. Feel free to come and go at times that suit you. Children often sleep on coats on the pews.)
Sunday Pascha Lunch - Details yet to be decided.
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