Great Lent 2019

Great Lent 2019

Category : Resource

In 2019, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Sunday 28 April.

This page is a resource for this vital season in our church calendar.


10 February: Zacchaeus Sunday.  This is the first Sunday of Pre-Lent.

17 February: Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.

24 February: Sunday of the Prodigal Son.

3 March: Sunday of the Last Judgement; and, Meatfare Sunday.

10 March: Forgiveness Sunday; and, Cheesefare Sunday.

Great Lent

11-15 March: Clean Week.
We serve Great Compline from Monday through Thursday.

17 March: The Sunday of Orthodoxy.
At the close of Liturgy, we serve the Moleben for the Astray.

20 March: Compline and Bible Study (Genesis 1 & 22)

24 March: Sunday of St Gregory Palamas.

31 March: Sunday of the Holy Cross.
At the Vigil service for this day, near the end of the service, we bring out the Cross for veneration.  During this service – unlike most Sundays – the faithful are invited to make full prostrations to venerate the Cross.

3 April: Compline and Bible Study (Exodus 12-15)

  • Full Service Text (including music): Full Service Text (including music): Great Compline

7 April: Sunday of St John of the Ladder.

  • In 2019, this day is also the Great Feastday of the Annunciation of the Theotokos – when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God.
    • (NB: While our parish is named for this great feastday, we have made the decision to transfer our feasting to the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel, celebrated in late July).
  • In the evening, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Unction, as part of our preparation for the Resurrection.  Please see the Unction resource page for more information.

10 April: Matins with the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete.

14 April: Sunday of St Mary of Egypt.
NB: On the day prior to this (13 April), we will have our parish cleanup and working bee in preparation for Holy Week.

17 April: Compline and Bible Study (Daniel 3)

  • Full Service Text (including music): Full Service Text (including music): Great Compline

Holy Week

20 April: Lazarus Saturday.
We serve Matins on the Friday evening and Divine Liturgy on the Saturday.  After the Liturgy, we make palm crosses.

  • Tutorial for making Palm Crosses (coming soon)

21 April: Palm Sunday.
We serve the Festal Vigil on the Saturday evening, blessing the palms and branches, and the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday morning.

22-24 April: Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
For the first time, our parish is celebrating services on each day of Holy Week.

Please note that each of these services are served in anticipation – that is, they are served the night before the day they are commemorating.

24-25 April: Holy Thursday.
We serve the Matins of the Mystical Supper on Wednesday 24 April, and the Divine Liturgy on Thursday 25 April.

25-26 April: Holy Friday.
We serve the Matins of the Crucifixion, with the 12 Passion Gospel Readings, on the evening of Thursday 25 April.  On Friday 26 April, we serve the Royal Hours for Good Friday.

26-27 April: Holy Saturday.
On 26 April, we serve the Vespers of the Shroud in the afternoon and the Matins of the Lamentations in the evening.  On 27 April, we serve the Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Holy Saturday, celebrating the destruction of Hades.

27-28 April: The Resurrection of Christ.
On 27 April, prior to midnight, we serve the Midnight Office of the Shroud.  Then, as midnight falls, we have the Paschal Procession around the church, followed by Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy, in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.

On the evening of 8 April, it is the local custom for all clergy to concelebrate the Paschal Vespers at one of the churches. In 2018, Holy Annunciation had the honour of hosting this service; the location of the service in 2019 is TBC.

Bright Week

1 May: Bright Wednesday.

5 May: Thomas Sunday.  We will serve Matins and Divine Liturgy on this day, from 8-11am.

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