April 2020

Exaltation of Cross Kontakion of the Cross, Tone 4
O Christ our God, you willingly accepted to be lifted on the Cross,
Giving your mercies to the new nation named after you;
Giving joy to Orthodox faithful.
And with your power you gave them victory over enemies.
~ May they have as an ally your Cross the invincible trophy,
the weapon of peace.

 

Services and Other Activities at Holy Cross
For April 2020 (civil calendar)

updated

COVID-19 UPDATE: Orthodox Christians cannot be prevented from prayer, wherever they may be, and whatever circumstances they find themselves in. This has always been so. When travelling, at home ill, or prevented by law, there are times when Christians cannot meet. The Mission family at Holy Cross are encouraged to continue the services at home, and in their normal family setting. The Services themselves routinely provide for this.

The Mission continues to send out the weekly propers (variables) by email. Should you require a copy of any of the Services, canons, or readings, please contact Holy Cross Administrator – see the Contact page. We can deliver by post or a collection point in Heidelberg.

We retain the list of services below, as a guide.


Saturday 4 April
4.30pm     Commemoration for the Departed, Great Vespers, Compline

Sunday 5 April
9:00am     Midnight Office, 6th Hour, Typica

Saturday 11 April
4.30pm     Commemoration for the Departed, Great Vespers, Compline

Sunday 12 April – Palm Sunday
9:00am     Midnight Office, 6th Hour, Typica

Holy Week commences on Monday 13th April.
Holy Cross has always met for the full cycle of daily services during Holy Week, and the following is offered as a guide for those doing services at home in 2020. It does not include “by anticipation” time-shifting of services; each person will will adapt to their own circumstances.

Holy Monday 13 April
morning     Midnight Office, Matins, 1st Hour
afternoon   3rd, 6th & 9th Hours
evening      Typica, Vespers, Compline

Holy Tuesday 14 April
morning     Midnight Office, Matins, 1st Hour
afternoon   3rd, 6th & 9th Hours
evening      Typica, Vespers, Compline

Holy Wednesday 15 April
morning     Midnight Office, Matins, 1st Hour
afternoon   3rd, 6th & 9th Hours
evening      Typica, Vespers, Compline

Holy Thursday 16 April
morning      Matins, The Hours, Typica
evening      Vespers, Compline

Great & Holy Friday 17 April
morning    Matins of the Passion incl the 12 Gospel Readings
afternoon   The Great Hours
evening    Vespers & Compline incl Deposition of Christ, Exposition of the Epitaphios

Great & Holy Saturday 18 April
morning   Matins of Holy Saturday
morning   The Great Hours
– – –     Reading of the Acts of the Apostles
late    Midnight Office incl Recession of the Epitaphios

and then at midnight…

Holy Pascha 19 April
Resurrection Matins, Paschal Hours; Typica


At present the Faithful are prevented from meeting in person. We continue to meet as a church, united in reading the Services, each from our own homes.