Holy Pascha: Order of Holy Week Services in the Coptic Orthodox Church. This book contains the text and rites of one of the most holiest seasons in the Coptic. Arguably the holiest week of the year, known simply as “Holy Week” or maybe more preferably “Pascha (aka Passover) Week” is upon us, with. How to Benefit from Pascha Week by Pope Shenouda III- The Great Lent & Holy Week – Coptic Orthodox Feasts < Saint Takla Haymanot Website - Alexandria.

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The Ultimate Guide to Holy Week

For a PowerPoint Lesson to go along with this, click here to download. Did you know that both the Coptic Church as well as the Eastern Orthodox share the same theme for those days? It is explicitly exposed in the rituals of the Eastern Church, but in the Coptic Church one can find the same theme, albeit more subtly expressed in its readings. To understand further, we must turn to what can be considered the foundational passage of this theme: In this story one finds Christ our Bridegroom, but two groups of people whose outcomes differed based on their preparedness Mt.

Who is this about? Augustine agrees with St. This let us cultivate, and so shall we be able with cheerful countenance to behold the Bridegroom, to enter in with bright torches, if the oil does not fail us, if … we procure such oil as makes our lamps bright. What about the oil?

Many of the Early Church Fathers indicate the oil signifies various good works and almsgiving e. Gregory the Great, St.

Augustine, St John Chrysostom. This whole wedding analogy when it comes to our union with Christ is not something we find just in this parable, but comes from several other sources in the Bible and is expounded upon by paschz Church Fathers.


The Ultimate Guide to Holy Week – Coptic Dad & Mom

Paul tells us His purpose for the Church: For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. Behold, the Bridegroom is coming at midnight, blessed is the servant whom He finds watching. But he whom He finds sleeping is unworthy of going with Him. Therefore, take heed, O my soul, that you may not fall into deep sleep, and then be cast out of the Kingdom.

The Coptic Church readings weaves the theme of the Christ as our Bridegroom throughout several of the readings, by expressing the dichotomy between preparedness for our union and the wisdom of such preparedness, and the lack of preparedness along pasvha the eternal consequences of such foolishness.


Augustine, Sermon 43 on Matt. Greek Orthodox Archidocese of America: The Holy Pascha available on Kindle. After we read several passages on Sunday night about Christ preparing His disciples for His impending death, we can find the following:.

On this day the Church reminds us about the story of Adam and Eve pqscha how all of this suffering Cptic endured was related to those events. We also read many readings about the wrath of God upon those who reject His love.

The gospel readings throughout the day then bring to mind the fig tree which Christ cursed for not having fruit, which withered away; this is analogous to the five foolish virgins who had no oil and were unable to enjoy the blessings of union with the Bridegroom. The readings here relate to preparation necessary for the Church to meet its true Bridegroom.

Similar language of love and the need for preparedness can be found in the remainder of the day. In the first hour we read about a desire to have a heart for God. The third hour tells us that those who seek God will still suffer tribulation. This entire evening is where you find the most obvious correlation to the overall theme of our marriage with the Bridegroom. The first hour focuses on how we must wear a garment which resembles goodness and righteousness to be prepared for the wedding feats or otherwise be denied the marriage and salvation.


The sixth hour is where we finally read the parable of the five wise and foolish virgins. The ninth hour contrasts the rejected bride including a reading about the harlot in the book of Hoseawith the wise bride. Wednesday Morning and Evening: While we could mark the end of this Bridegroom Theme as being Tuesday night, one may also consider that Wednesday extends the theme of the Bridegroom, where we see two extremes of love: Thank you this is a good outline on the services.

It explains a lot of the spiritual nuances for a newcomer to Orthodoxy like myself.

And it is also very good for me a person who is not in a position to go to all of the services. Like Liked by 1 person. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. In our minds, many of us split Holy Pascha Week into two: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.