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Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church

Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord

Icon of the Ascension

Icons are a beautiful form of spiritual and artistic expression commonly found in eastern churches Each icon tells a story, through images, about important events in the bible and in the church.

The joyous icon above represents the feast day for which this parish is named - The Ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ, into heaven - as told in the Book of Acts. In this image, Jesus' right hand is raised in blessing, and his left hand holds a scroll, reminding us of Jesus' role as teacher and that He is the ultimate source of knowledge.

2017 Holy Week Schedule

There are morning (8:30am) Divine Liturgies during Holy Week

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Tuesday 10 April 2017

Holy Tuesday

Confessions 6:00pm
Liturgy of the Presantified Gifts with Holy Annointing 7:00pm
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Thursday 13 April 2017

Holy Thursday

Divine Liturgy with Vespers 7:00pm
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Friday 14 April 2017

Good Friday

Burial Vespers 8:00pm
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Saturday 15 April 2017

Holy Saturday

Adoration / Private Devotions 9:00am - 2:00pm
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Sunday 16 April 2017

Resurrection of Our Lord - Pascha

Resurrection Matins 10:00am
Divine Liturgy 11:00am
followed by blessing of Easter Baskets
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Liturgy Schedule

SUNDAYS at 11 a.m.

* Sunday Divine Liturgy is followed by coffee and refreshments and fellowship.

WEEKDAYS at 8:30 am

Please refer to the current weekly bulletin for the schedule each week, as the schedule may change due to Father's schedule.

Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 am
* Tuesday Divine Liturgy is followed by coffee, refreshments and discussion
** Weekday schedule is subject to change. Please refer to the weekly bulletin.

 

HOLY DAYS at 8:30 am (unless otherwise noted.) Please check the current Bulletin for any changes.

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Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 2017

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts - Fridays during Great Lent at 5:30 p.m.

Friday March 3 at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple meatless meal.

Friday March 10 at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple meatless meal.

Friday March 17 at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple meatless meal.

Friday March 24 at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple meatless meal.

Friday March 31 at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple meatless meal.

Friday April 7 at 5:30 pm, followed by a simple meatless meal.

Tuesday April 11 at 7 p.m., with Holy Anointing (no meal)

Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is a service unique to the Eastern Church and the Byzantine Rite. It is celebrated during the Great Fast, and provides the faithful with the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on those days when then the Eucharistic Sacrifice is not celebrated. The word "presanctified" indicates that the "gifts" (the Body and Blood of Christ) which are distributed at the service are those consecrated at a previous Eucharist. Historically, we know for a fact that the per-sanctified liturgy itself was used as early as 692 when it was decreed by the Council of Trullo that the liturgy would be served during the weekdays of Lent. We also have record of pre-sanctified being celebrated as early as the early 600s in writings of St. Gregory the Diologist.

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