Triduum Schedule
Easter Magnificance
Behind the Scenes
Triduum Schedule
Great Thursday 2
Holy Fire!
April 20-23, 2006

Here's a look at the schedule for the long succession of major services from Great Thursday through to Easter Tuesday, something like 16 distinct events in six days:

  • 9 a.m., Great Thursday Badarak, commemoration of the Last Supper.

  • 2 p.m., Thursday, Foot washing ceremony.

  • 7 p.m. to midnight, Tenebrae vigil recalling the Agony in the Garden.

  • 1 p.m., Great Friday vigil of readings, telling the story of the passion and death of Jesus.

  • 4 p.m., Great Friday Solemn Burial Service

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great Saturday door opening and, eventually, the ceremony and processions of the Holy Fire.

  • 4:30 p.m., Saturday, the first Badarak (Eucharist) of Easter, Cathedral of SS James, at  followed by a procession to the dinning hall for the first Easter meal and the breaking of the great fast of Lent and Holy Week (48 days in all).

  • 2 a.m., Easter Sunday, procession to the Sepulchre and then a procession around the Aedicule and through the basilica. f

  • 7p.m. Easter Badarak at the Aedicule -- all ending around 9 a.m. Click here (19.3 MB) for a short film from this Easter Badarak.

  • 4 p.m., Easter Sunday, Solemn Procession within the grounds of the Armenian Monastery

  • 6:45 a.m. until noon, Easter Monday, Matins followed by the Easter Badarak, procession of the holy relics, and the blessing of the pilgrims.

  • 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Easter Tuesday, Memorial Badarak, Solemn procession to the Armenian Cemetery, annual Genocide Memorial Service there.