On Holy Thursday, 9th April 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, officiated at the Service of the Holy Passion in the Church of Ss Constantine and Helen in Cairo, together with His Grace Chrysostomos, Bishop of Berenice.
Just a little before midnight on Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Blessed Sabbath, His Grace Bishop Maxim, the clergy, and the Orthodox faithful gathered at the Saint Steven's Cathedral to participate in the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy PASCHA, the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
As the children of the Youth Chorale chanted the verse "Come Receive the Light", His Grace offered the Paschal Light of Christ to the faithful and after receiving the unwaning light the Easter procession around the Church began as the clergy and faithful sang, "The angels in heaven, O Christ our Saviour, sing of Thy resurrection. Make us on earth also worthy to hymn Thee with a pure heart". After returning to the closed doors at the front of the church, His Grace announced the Resurrection of Christ and the Easter Troparion was sung, "Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life".
On the morning of Great & Holy Saturday, April 11th, 2015, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was held in commemoration of burial of Christ and His descent into Hades. His Grace Bishop Maxim concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with the Diocesan Deacon Zoran Aleksic and Rev. Norman Kosanovich. The choral responses were sung by the Cathedral Cantors led by V. Rev. Nicholas Ceko, the Cathedral Dean. The faithful who were present prayerfully participated in the Blessed Sabbath Service.
On Great & Holy Friday, April 10th, 2015, His Grace Bishop Maxim, together with the clergy and faithful of Saint Steven's Cathedral solemly commemorated the sufferings of Christ, the mockergy, the crown of thorns, the scourging, the nails, and thirst, the vinegar and fall, the cry of the desolation, and all the Savior edured on the Cross.
HIERARCHICAL DIVINE LITURGY
& PAN-ORTHODOX CELEBRATION 10:00 AM
SAINT STEVEN'S SERBIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL
1621 West Garvey Avenue, Alhambra, California
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of our Sovereign Lady the Mother of God
Queen of the Angels
Join us for the AKOLOUTHIA (liturgical service) of our Sovereign Lady the Mother of God Queen of the Angels (Los Angeles).
Composed on the Holy Mountain of Athos by Athanasios, hieromonk of Simonopetra, Hymnographer of the Holy Great Church of Christ, at the pious request of the Most Reverend Bishop of Western America Maxim 2013.