Holy Week & Pascha – 2019

Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission

32 Electra St, Williamstown.

All services are in English.

Saturday April 20

Lazarus Saturday

(The Resurrection of Lazarus the Friend of Christ)

3rd & 6th Hours & Divine Liturgy of St John the Golden-Mouth

(You are welcome to stay after the Liturgy for a meal and to assist with the decoration of the church with palms and to make palm crosses)

Matins with the Blessing of Palms




Sunday April 21

Palm Sunday

(Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem)

​3rd & 6th Hours & Divine Liturgy

Bridegroom Matins




Monday April 22

Holy Monday

(Commemoration of Blessed Joseph the All-Righteous, and of the Unfruitful Fig Tree that was Cursed by the Lord)

Bridegroom Matins


Tuesday April 23

Holy Tuesday

(Commemoration of the Parable of the Ten Virgins)

Bridegroom Matins


Wednesday April 24

Holy Wednesday

(Commemoration of the Sinful Woman who Anointed the Lord with Myrrh)

Holy Unction


Thursday April 25

Holy Thursday

(Commemoration of the Washing of the Feet, the Mystical Supper, the Prayer in Gethsemane, and Betrayal)

Matins with the Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels



Friday April 26

Holy Friday

(Commemoration of the Holy & Redeeming Passion of the Lord)

The Great Hours

(You are welcome to stay after the service to assist with the decoration of the Epitaphios Canopy)

Vespers (Deposition of Christ) & Compline (Exposition of the Epitaphios)

General Confession

Matins with Procession of Epitaphios





Saturday April 27

Holy Saturday – Paschal Vigil

(Commemoration of the Burial of the Lord and His Descent into Hades)

Reading of the Acts of the Apostles

Midnight Office with Recession of Epitaphios



Sunday April 28

Pascha Sunday

(The Resurrection of Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ)

Beginning of the Pentecostarion

Matins of Pascha / Paschal Hours / Paschal Liturgy with the Blessing of Paschal Food


Please note:

The Gospel reading for the Paschal Divine Liturgy is traditionally read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of the Resurrection in love and fellowship with all of the Orthodox Faithful around the world without discrimination.

It also serves as a reminder to all Orthodox Christian Faithful, clergy and laypeople alike, of the Church’s missionary imperative to disseminate the Faith in the language of the people.

This year the Paschal Gospel Reading will be read in New Testament Greek, Armenian, Vietnamese and English.

This is the only time at Holy Ascension Mission where you will hear other languages, in addition to English, during the Divine Services.


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Church Location

Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission
32 Electra Street, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.



Postal Address

Address all correspondence to:

Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Mission
PO Box 234
Keilor East

Victoria 3033


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Incorporated Association # A0053809W
A Canonical Mission of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia