While the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic continues to make normal attendance at Divine Services within the temples difficult or impossible for many of the faithful, the Diocese continues to provide resources to aid in praying at home, in the sacredness of the ‘domestic Church’, during this period. Below, you will find ‘Readers versions’ (i.e. arrangements of the Divine Offices for situations in which no priest is present, to be prayed by laypeople) of the holy services of the principal Divine Services of Holy and Great Thursday, which in the morning include the institution of the Mystical Supper and the Lord’s washing of His disciples’ feet; and in the evening the solemn reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels. His Grace Bishop Irenei has blessed all the pious faithful of the Diocese to pray these services at home, either alone or amongst household family members, standing before your sacred icons, confident in the knowledge that God hears the prayers of those who love Him, from wherever they are offered.
Holy Thursday Morning – the 3rd, 6th and 9th Hours:3rd6th9th_holythursday_rs
Holy Thursday Morning – the Typica in place of the Divine Liturgy, followed immediately by Vespers:holythursday_vespers_rs
The Service of the Twelve Passion Gospels (Holy Friday Matins, served Thursday Evening):holyfridaymatins_rs
Text of the Twelve Passions Gospel Readings Themselves (if you do not have a liturgical Gospel book at home):12passiongospels
The texts above are gratefully taken from the website of Archpriest John Whiteford, of the Mid-American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, via his page here. The texts have been formatted to European / British page sizes and converted to an embedded format for display here.
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