Monday, May 23, 2022 UTC

MAR 20: 3RD SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FAST – VENERATION OF THE CROSS & PANACHIDA FOR 3RD ALL SOULS SATURDAY

   MAR 20: CONFESSION – 8:30 AM, DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASAL, PROCESSION – 9:00 AM, PANACHIDA FOR 3RD ALL SOULS SATURDAY – 10:05 AM, DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 11:00 AM.

PROPERS: 03-20-22_GF3_Sunday_DL

PANACHIDA: https://mci.archpitt.org/books/DL/page.html?432

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The Gospel today is Mark 8: 34 – 9:1, Take Up the Cross and Follow Him and which Mark’s message is clear …… “The Lord said, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” The path of Jesus’ isn’t easy. You will find that some people do not like you because of your goodness. Jesus taught us to serve one another and not be selfish.  This will be a difficult path to follow, but when you follow Him, He will always be with you to help you and one day you will be with Him in Heaven because you followed Him.

On the Third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, the Church commemorates the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The liturgy includes a special veneration of the Cross, which prepares the faithful for the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week. The Church placed this event in the middle of Great Lent in order that the recollection of the suffering and death of the Lord might inspire and strengthen those fasting for the remainder of the of the fast. The Holy Cross remains out for veneration throughout the week until Friday, when, after the hours and before the beginning of the Presanctfied Liturgy, it is returned to the Altar.

“The Panachida: The Panachida is a memorial service for the dead, which is celebrated fairly frequently in the Byzantine Catholic Church. Like all our services for the departed, it provides an opportunity to pray for the soul of the one who has died, asking God to grant them rest and forgiveness of all their sins, and also serves to comfort and console those left behind. The name comes from the Greek pannychis, meaning an all-night vigil.

The Panachida is ordinarily celebrated:

  • Immediately after the death of a Christian, if a priest is present (the prayers for the dying, together with the panachida, make up the “Office at the Passing of the Soul”)
  • Before the body of the departed Christian is taken to the church for burial
  • After the burial, as a graveside service
  • On the 3rd, 9th, or 40th day after death, and each year thereafter. In these cases, it may immediately follow a Divine Liturgy celebrated for the departed.

The Panachida also forms the concluding part of a longer memorial service for the dead, the Parastas.

The structure of the Panachida is very simple. It consists of:

An opening blessing: “Blessed is our God….”
The usual “beginning prayers”, from “Holy God” through the Lord’s Prayer
Troparia for the dead (“With the souls of the just brought to perfection…”)
Litany for the Deceased, concluding with the prayer, “O God of spirits and of all flesh”
Dismissal
“Eternal memory”

The complete text of the Panachida can be found in our Divine Liturgies book on pages 432-440, where it immediately follows the hymns of the Divine Liturgy “for the faithful departed.”

For guidelines on leading the singing of this service, see Singing the Panachida. “(This information is from THE METROPOLITAN CANTOR INSTITUTE).