STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, 528 North Fourth St., will join other Christians worldwide in the observance of Holy Week.
Orthodox and Western Christians will celebrate Easter, or Pascha, on the same day, Sunday.
On Holy Thursday, the Divine Liturgy commemorating the Last Supper will be served at 10 a.m. The Matins of the holy and redeeming passion of our lord with the reading of the 12 passion gospels will be served at 7 p.m. This service describes in detail and relives the last supper and betrayal, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Christ.
On Great and Holy Friday, the burial of Christ with the lamentations and the procession around the church with the winding-sheet will take place at 7 p.m. The winding sheet will be placed in a "tomb" prepared in the center of the church for veneration by the faithful.
On Great and Holy Saturday, the Vesperal Divine Liturgy with Holy Communion before the Tomb of Christ will be served at 10 a.m., with the first proclamation of the resurrection and the change to bright vestments.
The services of Pascha, or Easter, will begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday as a sunrise service, with the removal of the winding-sheet of Christ from the tomb and the resurrection Matins with the candlelight procession around the church and proclamation of the resurrection. The Divine Liturgy of Pascha will immediately follow. Colored eggs will be blessed and distributed at the conclusion of these services and a Paschal agape brunch will be shared.
The celebration of the Resurrection will continue on Bright Monday and Tuesday with the Paschal Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.
The public is invited to all services.