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From the evening of Saturday 12 April until Pascha, Sunday 20 April, there were seven services in our parish: All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy for Palm Sunday (12-13 April); Matins with the reading of the Twelve Gospels on Great and Holy Thursday (17 April); Vespers of Great and Holy Friday with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ followed later in the day by Matins with Lamentations before the Tomb of Christ (18 April); and Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on the morning of Great and Holy Saturday, followed by Midnight Office and Paschal Matins early in the evening (19 April).  An early Paschal service was held as or parish rector was to serve at midnight in the Gosford parish.  Many people were in church on the eve of Palm Sunday for the blessing pf palms and pussy willow branches and on the morning of Holy Saturday, assisting with the fifteen Old Testament readings and taking the opportunity to receive Holy Communion before the Tomb of Christ.  Over one hundred people gathered from across the Hunter Valley and the Central Coast for Paschal Matins on the evening of Saturday 19 April.  Easter cakes, eggs and other festive foods were blessed immediately after the end of that service.  In 2015, God willing, there will be a midnight Paschal service in our parish.

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Pascha 2014 - 20/04/2014

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