The Holy Pascha Week Schedule

Dears,
Peace and grace.We pray for you and your family for prosperity and peace especially during this difficult time.We are approaching the most sacred time of the year. It is essential to proceed with Holy Week ceremonies including all prayers starting from last Friday of Lent (April 10th, 2020) till Monday of Emaus (April 20th, 2020). The church still has to follow all precautionary instructions provided by the authorities and all restrictions required at this time. Due to the current pandemic, the liturgical celebrations, Pascha services and all prayers will be prayed without the physical participation of the congregation. However, everyone is encouraged to participate via the church’s live broadcast.The physical participation in all the services will be restricted to the three priests and a number of deacons, provided that the total of people at one time does not exceed 5 as per Provincial requirements.

The service schedule will be sent out by email and posted on the website.

Below are the details on how the services are to be celebrated at SMSJ.

  • All services will be live-streamed from either the main church and/or St. Paul chapel according to the service schedule.
  • The Liturgy of last Friday of the lent and the general prayer of the unction of the sick will be celebrated as per the service schedule. The holy oil of the unction of the sick will be distributed in a small ziplock bags.  They will be available for pickup along with palm branches from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm by drive-through from the east door (Facing Yonge Street). 
  • Palm Sunday liturgy will be prayed as per the service schedule followed by the general funeral service. However, sprinkling of water after the general funeral prayer is omitted.  The water will be kept at church till the Feast of Resurrection.
  • All Pascha services and Good Friday, will be prayed as per the service schedule. All readings and hymns will be distributed to deacons. During the service, deacons shall read or chant their assigned readings and songs at the proper time online. Schedule, assigned readings, and login information will be sent to deacons individually and by the deacon’s WhatsApp group.
  • Covenant Thursday liturgy and the prayer of the blessing of water (Lakan) will be prayed as per the service schedule.  There will be no washing of feet, however blessed water of the Lakan will be available for pickup on the same day from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm by drive-through from the east door (Facing Yonge Street).
  • The Vigil of the Apocalypse (bright Saturday) will be prayed as per the service schedule. All readings and hymns will be distributed to deacons. During the service, deacons shall read or chant their assigned readings and songs at the proper time online. Schedule, assigned readings, and login information will be sent to deacons individually and by the deacon’s WhatsApp group.  Anointing with the oil of the Apocalypse is omitted. Instead, the oil will be available for pickup on Bright Saturday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm by drive-through from the east door (Facing Yonge Street).
  • The Glorious Feast of Resurrection and the Liturgy of Monday of the disciples of Emaus will be prayed as per the service schedule. The service will be physically attended by the three priests and the two Deacons and will be live-broadcasted from the main church.

We kindly ask everyone to refrain from approaching clergy for any special requests, as unfortunately none will be granted. As we are one family, we try to be fair to everyone and no one should be treated differently.

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May God give us all the blessing of this holy season and visit the whole world with His mercy and compassion.

St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church
Richmond Hill, ON

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