Sunday 12th April "Holy Pascha " "Eastern Orthodox Easter"
Sunday 12th April Eastern Rite Liturgy ( Divine Mercy Sunday) 230pm Church of The Holy Rosary Castlebar Novena to Saint Sharbel and anointing with Holy Oil from the Saints Tomb for all present and those who are sick more details 0876564738
The Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom is read during Matins of Pascha.
If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in nowise be deprived thereof. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.
And he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives, and upon the other he bestows gifts. And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering. Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival. You sober and you heedless, honor the day. Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.
Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions. It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.
O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.
Monday Commemoration of Blessed Jospeph The All Righteous, and of The Unfruitful Fig Tree That Was Cursed By Our Lord. Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (362) Monk Martyr Bademus (Vadim) of Persia (376) Hieromartyr Theodore, Abbot of Crowland (870)
Tuesday . Commemoration of Parable of Ten Virgins. Martyrs Terence, Pompeius, Africanus, Maximus, Zeno, Alexander, Theodore and Marcarius, at Carthage (3rd) Huldah The Prophetess (4 (2) Kings 22:14 7th BC) Hieromartyr Gregory V, Patriarch of Constantinople (1821)
Wednesday . Commemoration of The Sinful Woman Who Annointed The Lord With Myrrh. Hieromartyr Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum, Disciple of St John The Theologian (92) St Guthlac, Hermit of Crowland (714) St Callinicus of Cernica, Bishop of Rimnicului in Romnia (1868) The Appearance of The Most Holy Theotokos at Pochaev, (The Footprint)
Thursday (Wine Oil) .
St Basil The Confessor, Bishop of Parium (Hellespont 8th) Hieromartyr Zeno, Bishop of Verona (C380) Virgin Anthusa of Constantinople (C811) St Acacius of Kavsokalyvia (1730)
Friday Strict Fast
Saint Martin The Confessor Pope of Rome (655)
Monday FastVirgin-Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia, in Lllyria (304) Martyr Leonidas of Cornith (258)
Tuesday Tuesday. Martyrs Raphael, Niclas, and Irene of Lesbos (1463) Hieromartyr Symeon, Bishop of Persia (344) Martyr Adrian of Cornith (251) St Agapetus, Pope of Rome (536) St Donnan, Monk-Martyr of Eigg (C617) St Zosimas, Abbot of Solovki (1478) St Marcarius of Cornith (1805) St Paisius The Fool-For-Christ, of The Kiev Caves (1893)
Wednesday Fast. Martyr Sabas The Goth of Wallachia (372) New Martyr John of Epirus (1526)
Thursday Fast Hieromartyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia and His Mother Philippa (2nd) Hieromartyr Alphege, Archbishop of Canturbury (1012)
Friday Fast- The Livegiving Spring of The Holy Theotokos. St Theodore Trichinas (The Hairshirt Wearer), Hermit Near Constantinople (?4th-5th) St Caedwalla, King of West Saxons (689) St Athanasius, Founder of The Monastery of Transfiguration, Metrona (1380)
Saturday Fast- Saturday. Hieromartyr Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, and His Companions (C305) St Beuno, Abbot of Clynnog (C640) St Anastasius of Sinai (C695) Kollyvades Fathers (18th)
Sunday Sunday of Pascha St Thomas Sunday St Theodore The Sykeote, Bishop of Anastasiopolis (613) Apostles Nathaniel, Luke, and Clement (1st)
Monday Glorious Great Martyr, Victorybearer and Wonderworker George (303) Martyr Anatolius and Protoleon, Soldiers Converted By Witnessing The Martyrdom of St George (303)
Tuesday Joyfull Commemoration of The Dead. Martyr Sabas Stratelates (The General) of Rome (272) St Elizabeth The Wonder-Worker (5th) St Mellitus, Archbishop of Canterbury (624) Hieromartyrs Jospeph, Elias, Sabas, Metroploitian of Transylvania and Confessors of Orthodoxy (Romania) (17th-18th)
Wednesday Fast-Day (Wine Oil) Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark (1st) St Phoebadius, Bishop of Agen (C393) St Sylvester Abbott of Obnora (1379) St Basil, Starets of Poiana Marului (Romania (1767)
Thursday Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea (C322) Righteous Virgin Glaphyra (322) St Stephen, Bishop of Perm (1396) St Joannicius of Devich in Serbia (1430)
Friday Fast-Day (Wine Oil) Hieromartyr Symeon, The Kinsman of The Lord (107) St Eulogius The Hospitable of Constantinople (4th)
Saturday St Memnon The Wonderworker. St Cyril, Bishop of Turov (1183)
Sunday Sunday of Pascha. Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women Mary Magdalen, Mary The Wife of Cleopas, Joanna, Salome The Mother of The Sons of Zebedee, Susanna, and Mary and Martha The Sisters of Lazarus. Righteous Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
Monday Holy Apostle James The Son of Zebedee, The Brother of St John The Theologian (44) St Donatus, Bishop of Euroea in Epirus (387) New Martyr Argyri at Constantinople (1725) St Ignatius (Brianchaninov) (Russia 1867)