2008 Pascha Calendar Observances
[Special Observation of Holy Friday: Please, take the time to spend at least three hours of total silence from Noon time to 3:00 P.M. reading Holy Scripture, Mediation, Prayer. if you are alone. In a group setting, Praise and adoration through Prayers and fasting during those 3 hours - reciting the Chatka or Prayer Rope (Orthodox Rosary), meditating on each of the Holy Mysteries of the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, His Passion, Crucifixion, Descending into Hell to lay God's Word before those captives where their bonds are broken and then His Resurrection on Bright Day.
Turn off your telephones, let nothing interrupt your prayers, your meditations, your Holy Observances unless true life threatening emergencies exist.
Be Blessed and a blessing: gain spiritual strength in Holy Prayer.
While many there are who observe in the Western Part of the World the Easter observances of the West, it has become more of a materialistic action. Let us who are truly Orthodox observe this Orthodox Catholic Pascha (Easter) as the spiritual action it is intended to be... ]
April 14/27 St. Martin the Confessor, pope of Rome (655), Martyr Ardalion the Actor, who suffered under Maximian (beg. of 4th c.). Martyr Azat the Eunuch and 1,00 Martyrs, in Persia (341), St. Tassach, bishop of Raholp (Ireland) (5th c.), Monk-martyr Christopher of St. Sabbas' Monastery (797), Martyrs Anthony, John, and Eustathius of Vilnius, Lithuania (1347), New Martyr Demetrius of the Peloponnesus at Tripolis (1803). New Martyr Sergius (Trofimov) of Nizhni-Novgorod and companion (1918), (Gr. Cal.: St. Cyriacus, bishop of Jerusalem [4th c.], Apostles Artistarchus, Pudens, and Trophimus of the Seventy).
The Bright Resurrection of Christ, The Passover (Pascha) of the Lord
Matins at Saturday Midnight
Liturgy: Acts 1:1-8, John 1:1-17
Great Vespers: John 20:19-25
April 15/28 . Apostles Aristarchus, Pudens, and Trophimus of the Seventy (ca. 67). Martyrs Basilissa and Anastasia of Rome, disciples of Apostles Peter and Paul (ca. 68). Martyr Sukia and his companions: Andrew, Anastasius, Thalaleus, Theodoretus, Ivchirion, Jordan, Quadratus, Lucian, Mimnenus, Nerangius, Polyeuctus, James, Phocas, Domentianus, Victor, and Zosima (Chorimos) of Georgia in Armenia (123). Martyr Sabbas the Goth at Buzau in Wallachia (372, St. Ruadhan, founder and abbot of Lothra (Ireland) (ca. 584).
St. Mstislav-Theodore, prince of Kiev (1132). St. Basil of Piana Marului (1767). St. Daniel of Achinsk, Siberia (1843) (Gr. Cal.: Martyr Pausilipus of Thrace [2nd c,] Martyr Crescens of Myra [3rd c.]. St. Leonidas, bishop of Athens). Repose of Hieroschemamonk Michael, last elder of Valaam (1962), and Bishop Stephen (Nikitin) of Kaluga (1963).
Liturgy: Acts 1:12-17, 21-26, John 1:18-28
Fast Free Week
April 16/29 Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia, in Illyria (304). Martyrs Leonidas, Chariessa, Nika, Galina, Callista (Calisa), Nunechia, Basilissa, Theodora, and Irene of Corinth (250), Martyrs Felix the Bishop, Januarius the priest, Fortunatus and Septimus of Lycaonia (304. St. Fructuosis of Braga in Iberia (665). St. Theodora-Bassa, princess of Novgorod (1378). St. John, fool-for-Christ of Verkhoturye (1701). New Martyr Michael of Smyrna (1772, New Monk-Martyr Christopher of Dionysiou, Mt. Athos, at Adrianople (1818). Weeping Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Ilyin Chernigov."
Liturgy: Acts 2:14-21, Luke 24:12-35,
St. Sabbas, Hierodeacon of Vatopedi Met. Athos (10th c.).
Newly Revealed Martyrs Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene (1463), and Olympia (1235), of Mytilene.
Monk-martyrs of St. David of Gareji Monastery in Georgia (1616).
Wonderworking Icons of the Most Holy tehotokos of Vimatarissa, Vatopedi Monatsery; of iveron Monastery; of Cyrprus; and of Shuisk.
April 17/30 Hieromartyr Simeon, bishop in Persia and those with him: Martyrs Abdechalas and Ananias, priests; Ustazad and Azat, eunuchs; Fusicus Ascitrea, and 1,150 others (341). Martyr Adrian of Corinthus in Persia (251), St. Acacius, bishop of Melitene (435). St. Agapitus, pope of Rome (536). Monk-martyr Donnan of Eigg and those with him (Scotland) (618). St. Ephraim the Great, bishop of Atsquri, Georgia (9th c.). St. Zosimas of Solovki (1478). Uncovering of the relics (1651) of St. Alexander of Svir (1533). St. Macarius of Corinth (1805). St. Paisius, fool-for-Christ of Kiev (1893). Repose of Hierschemamonk Constantine of Ekaterinburg (1960).
Liturgy: Acts 2:22-36, John 3:1-15
April 18/May 1st St.John, disciple of St. Gregory of Decapolis (820). St. Cosmos, bishop of Chalcedon, and his fellow-ascetic St. Auxentius (815-820). Martyrs Victor, Zoticus, Zeno, Acindynus, and Severian of Nicomedia (ca. 3030). St. Naucratius, abbot of the Studion (848). St. Athansias the Wonderworker of Aegina (9th c.). St. Basil Ratishvili of the Holy Mountain, Gerogia (13th c.). St. Euthymius the Enlightener of Karelia (1435), and rigteous laymen Anthony and Felix of Karelia. New Martyr John the Tailor of Ioannina, at Constantinople (1526). New Hieromartyrs Priests Nicholas (1937) and Basil (Derzhavin) (1930) and lay people of the city of Goroders, Nizhni-Novgorod; and Priest Alexis (Krontenkov) of Ekaterinbur (1930). (Gr. Cal.: Martyr Sabbas the Got at Buzau in Wallachia .) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos "Glykophylousa" ("Sweet Kissing").
Liturgy: Acts 2:38-43, John 3:1-15
April 19/ May 2nd St. John of the Ancient Caves in Palestine (8th c.). St. George the Confessor, bishop of Antioch in Pisidia (813-820). St. Tryphon, patriarch of Constantinople (933). Hieromartyr Alphege, archbishop of Canterbury (1012). St. Nicephorus, abbot of Katabad, Hieromartyr Paphnutius of Jerusalem. St. Symeon the Barefoot of Phiolotheou Monastery, Mt. Athos (1594). Finding of the relics (1621) of St. Joachim, abbot of Opochka (Pskov) (1515). New Monk-martyr Agathangelus of Esphigmenou, Mt. Athos, at Smyrna (1819). New hier-confessor Victor (ostrovidov), bishop of Glazov (1934). St. Matrona the Blind of Moscow (1952). (Gr. Cal.: Martyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother Philippa, and Martyrs Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius [2nd c.] Repose of fool-for-Christ Asenetha of Goritsy (1892) and Hieroschemamonk Alexis of Valaam (1900).
Liturgy: Acts 3:1-8, John 2:12-22
The Life-giving Spring of the Most Holy Theotokos
Phil. 2:5-11 Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28
St. Gennadius, the steward of Vatpedi Monastery (14th c.)
Blessing of Water
April 20/May 3rd St. Theodore Trichinas ("the Hair-shirt Wearer"), hermit near Constantinople (400). Apostle Zacchaeus of the Seventy, bishop of Caesarea (1st c.). St. Theotimus I, bishop of Tomis in Scythia Minor (Romania) (ca. 410). Blessed Anastasius I, patrirarch of Antioch (599). Hieromartyr Anastasius II, patriarch of Antioch (609). St. Caedwalla, king of the West Saxons (689). Sts. Athanasius (1380) and Ioasaph (1423) of Meteora, abbots. St. Alexander, abbot of Oshevensk, near Onega Lake (1479. Child-martyr Gariel of Slutsk (Poland) (1690). New Hieromartyr Theodosius (Ganitsky), bishop of Kolomenskoye (1937). Translation of the erelics (1991) of St. Nikolai (Velimirovich) of Ochrid and Zhicha (1956) from America to Serbia. Repose of Schemamonk Ignatius of St. Nicephorus Monastery in Olonets (1852).
Liturgy: Acts 3:11-16, John 3:22-33
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