Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Great Lent: Worship Services at Holy Trinity

First Week in Lent

Great Lent begins with Forgiveness Sunday Vespers, served February 18 at 5:00 PM. We hear Lent announced: "Turn not away Thy face from Thy child, for I am afflicted!" The faithful ask each other for forgiveness. For the first time in Lent, we pray the prayer of St Ephraim, with its accompanying prostrations:

O Lord and Master of my life: take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages.

During the first week of Lent, the Canon of St Andrew is read over four consecutive evenings (Monday, February 19, through Thursday, February 22, each evening at 7 PM). The Canon is a long series of penitential verses based on Biblical themes, to each of which the people respond "Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me." (Approximate service time: 1 hour, 10 minutes)

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First Week in Lent

Sundays in Lent: Liturgy of St Basil and Pan-Orthodox Vespers

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts (Wednesdays)