Mother See of the Armenian Orthodox Church Announces Holy Week Schedule

March 2015

The Mother See is pleased to announce this year’s schedule of Holy Week and Easter Services. All services will be held in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. We encourage our faithful world-wide to participate in the services leading up to the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Armenian communities throughout the world will be able to watch Easter Divine Liturgy broadcast live from the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin on Sunday morning, April 5, on Armenian Public Television available through satellite providers. The international television broadcast schedule will be announced soon.

PALM SUNDAY – March 29
10:00 am – Blessing of the Four Corners of the Earth (Andastan) and Blessing of the Children service
10:30am – Divine Liturgy
17:30 am – Opening of the Doors Service (Drnbatsek)

COMMEMORATION OF THE TEN VIRGINS – March 31
05:30 pm – Evening Services

HOLY THURSDAY – April 2
07:30 Morning Service and “Karg Apashkharoghats” (Service for those who are fasting)
10:30 am – Divine Liturgy
04:00 pm – Washing of the Feet Service – Offered by His Holiness Karekin II
07:00 pm – Betrayal Service in memory of the betrayal and torture of Our Lord Jesus Christ

HOLY FRIDAY – April 3
12:00 noon – Crucifixion Service
17:30 pm – Burial Service. Following the Burial service a pre-feast service will be offered. During the service the symbolic Tomb of Christ is solemnly processed around the outside of the church. The ceremony will be presided by HH Karekin II

EASTER EVE (Holy Saturday) – April 4
17:30 pm – Evening Service and Candlelight Divine Liturgy. Holy Scripture readings and the reading of the Prophet Daniels’ letter will be followed by the Evening Service, and then Divine Liturgy.

FEAST OF THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST April 5
7:30 am – Morning Service
10:30 am – Pontifical Divine Liturgy – Celebrant – His Holiness Karekin II Catholicos of All Armenians

MEMORIAL DAY – April 6
10:30 am – Divine Liturgy
11:45 am – Repose of Souls Service

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