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