Saint Philip Orthodox Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
Souderton, Pennsylvania

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Bright Week - The New Week!
 The entire week following Pascha is to be set aside by Orthodox Christians for the celebration of the Resurrection. It is a "Week of Sundays", traditionally for the Newly Illumined, and all the faithful, to delight continuously in the Mysteries.  

 
According to the 66th canon of the Council in Trullo: "from the holy day of the Resurrection of Christ our God until New Sunday (i.e. Thomas Sunday) for a whole week the faithful in the holy churches should continually be repeating psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, rejoicing and celebrating Christ, and attending to the reading of the Divine Scriptures and delighting in the Holy Mysteries. For in this way shall we be exalted with Christ; raised up together with Him. For this reason on the aforesaid days that by no means there be any horse races or any other public spectacle".

The entire week is considered to be one continuous day. The name of each day of the week is called "Bright" (e.g., "Bright Monday") and the week's services are unique, varying greatly from those during the remainder of the year. The services are entirely sung, and the Paschal hymns are included with the stichera taken from the Sunday Resurrection propers in the Octoechos, rotating through the various tones.


Monday, April 17 - BRIGHT MONDAY
PASCHAL MATINS, 9 a.m.
DIVINE LITURGY & Procession, 10 a.m.
PASCHAL VESPERS, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18 - BRIGHT TUESDAY
Matushka Olga Sewing Club, 11 a.m.
PASCHAL HOURS, 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr 19 - BRIGHT WEDNESDAY
PASCHAL VESPERS, 7 p.m.
PASCHAL MATINS, 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 20:  BRIGHT THURSDAY
DIVINE LITURGY, 10 a.m.
PASCHAL VESPERS, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 21 - BRIGHT FRIDAY
PASCHAL MATINS, 9 a.m. (at St George, Upper Darby)
DIVINE LITURGY, 10 a.m. (at St George, Upper Darby)

PASCHAL VESPERS, 7 p.m.
PASCHAL MATINS, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 22 - BRIGHT SATURDAY
Intro to Orthodoxy, 4:15 p.m.
VESPERS, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 23 - THOMAS SUNDAY
MATINS at 8:50 a.m.  -  LITURGY at 10 a.m.
Sunday School & Coffee Hour after Liturgy.
Teen Group meets after Liturgy.
WEATHER PERMITTING:  Procession to Cemetery for Blessing of Graves following Sunday School and Coffee Hour.

 

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