Georgia Bulletin

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Great Lent observances at Melkite Catholic Church

Published February 23, 2017

ATLANTA—St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church in Atlanta will be observing Great Lent with vespers, processions and, on Lazarus Saturday, April 8, with children’s activities. The church is located at 1428 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, in Atlanta.

The schedule, announced by Father John Azar, the pastor, is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.: Forgiveness Vespers (Salat al Ghurub). At midpoint during vespers, the vestments are changed from bright colors to somber ones and those attending are anointed with holy oil to begin the “Journey From Death to Life.” Vespers includes the exchange of forgiveness with each other.

Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.: Great Compline (Ya Rab al Qouwat).

On the following Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. the service will alternate between Pre Sanctified Liturgy (service with already consecrated gifts) and Great Compline.

Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.: Akathist Service to the Holy Virgin (Al Madayeh) followed by Lenten supper (Asha al Siami).

On the following Fridays at 7:30 p.m. there will be Akathist Services and Lenten suppers.

Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.: Vesper Liturgy and procession with the Epitaphion, the Shroud of the Holy Virgin, and distribution of blessed flowers for the feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God.

Sunday, March 5, Sunday of Orthodoxy: 10 a.m. Orthros; 10:30 a.m. Liturgy of St. Basil and procession with icons.

Sunday, March 12, Sunday of the Relics: 10 a.m. Orthros; 10:30 a.m. Liturgy of St. Basil and procession with relics.

Sunday, March 19, Sunday of the Holy Cross: 10 a.m. Orthros; 10:30 a.m. Liturgy of St. Basil and procession with cross.

Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.: Vespers of St. Lazarus.

Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.: Lazarus Saturday will include a children’s program with a re-enacting of the raising of Lazarus, candle decorating and children’s confessions. Adults will decorate the church for Palm Sunday. There will be no procession or Vesper Liturgy.

Confessions will be heard all during Great Lent. Clergy will give mini-reflections at various evening services.

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