St. Elias to celebrate Orthodox Easter
CHICAGO –– Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, Illinois, will visit St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, in Dubuque, at 11 p.m. Saturday, to celebrate Orthodox Easter services.
Eastern Orthodox observe Easter, or Pascha (literally, “Passover”), as the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this year on Sunday.
Four services, without pause between, will be observed.
First, a brief service of anticipation recalling the previous Passion of Christ is sung. Next, the proclamation of the Resurrection begins in a darkened church, close to Midnight. The celebrant emerges from the sanctuary with a candle, inviting the faithful to receive the light, symbolizing the Light of the Resurrection.
The candle flame is then distributed to the faithful waiting with candles.
A procession, normally to the front of the church building is followed by reading from the biblical narrative of the Resurrection and then repeated singing of the Easter hymn, “Christ is risen …”
The clergy and congregation will re-enter the Church to celebrate the Matins of Resurrection, a number of joyful hymns focused on the event.
This is followed by the Divine Liturgy — the Eucharist, equivalent to the Mass or Lord’s Supper.