2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Easter Celebration & Schedule of Services

Dear Broth­ers and Sisters:

Please view the fly­er for East­er cel­e­bra­tion with reser­va­tion por­tion for the ban­quet. I kind­ly ask you to send in your reser­va­tions as soon as pos­si­ble. Here bel­low is the Sched­ule of services:

Also, please plan on com­ing & attend­ing the Annu­al meet­ing on Palm Sun­day April 21st!


Since the ear­ly days of the Church, there has been a cycle of ser­vices cel­e­brat­ed dur­ing Holy Week and Pascha.

April 20th Lazarus Sat­ur­day Div. Litur­gy at 9:00 AM

Ves­pers ser­vice and vrbica at 5 PM Please bring chil­dren @ 4:45 PM for pro­ces­sion with Vrbica and Bells

April 21stCVETI ENTRANCE OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM:Divine Litur­gy at 10:00am: This litur­gy her­alds the end of the Great Fast and the begin­ning of Holy Week as Christ tri­umphant­ly enters into Jerusalem. The tra­di­tion, as the tropar states and the icon shows, is for a pro­ces­sion of palms led by the chil­dren. So begins our jour­ney into Holy Week. Dur­ing Holy Week, we fast from meat, poul­try, dairy prod­ucts, eggs, fish, wine and oil.

April 21st — Bride­groom Matins at fol­low­ing Annu­al meet­ing pm:Known in the Church as The End, the imagery here is about the Last Judg­ment. It relates the deep anguish of Christ as He pre­pares for His Pas­sion. The ser­vices tell us to be ever vig­i­lant for we do not know when God will come. These ser­vices are a tri­umph of the escha­to­log­i­cal (last days) imagery in the Church.

April 22nd — VelikiPoned­e­qak Great and Holy Mon­day Pre­sanc­ti­fied Litur­gy at 10:00am:
The read­ings from Exo­dus dur­ing these ser­vices tell of the Passover which pre­cedes the Passover (Pascha) of Christ.

April 22nd — Bride­groom Matins at 7:00 pm.

April 23rd — Velik­i­U­torak Great and Holy Tues­day Pre­sanc­ti­fied Litur­gy at 10:00 am

April 23rd — Bride­groom Matins at 7:00 pm

April 24th — VelikaSre­da Great and Holy Wednes­day Pre­sanc­ti­fied Litur­gy at 10:00 am

April 24th — VelikaSre­da Great and Holy Wednes­day Holy Unc­tion at 7pm, at St. Steven Ser­bian Ortho­dox Cathe­dral at 1621 West Gar­vey Ave., in Alham­bra. For Holy Unc­tion there should be more priests serv­ing, there­fore, all of us Ser­bian priests gath­er togeth­er at the Cathe­dral to per­form this Holy Sacra­ment for all the Faith­ful. This ser­vice relates to the event when the har­lot anoints Christ and is for­giv­en. On this day we cus­tom­ar­i­ly anoint the peo­ple with Holy Oil as a sign of heal­ing and remis­sion of sins.

April 25th — Veli­ki ^etvr­tak Great and Holy Thurs­day: Holy Ves­pers Litur­gy of Holy Thurs­day at 10:00am: This solemn Litur­gy com­mem­o­rates the First Eucharist also known as Red Thurs­day. The dark­ness of the week is bro­ken slight­ly because of the impor­tance of the Eucharis­tic event. Tra­di­tion­al­ly the priest pre­pares the reserve sacra­ment of the year. The pas­sion of Christ is now close.

April 25th — Veli­ki ^etvr­tak — Great and Holy Thurs­day Matins of Holy Fri­day Thurs­day evening at 7:00pm. The ser­vice, com­mon­ly known as “The Twelve Gospels“as the Church, remem­bers the betray­al and cru­ci­fix­ion of Christ by read­ing the twelve Gospel accounts. A cli­mat­ic point of Holy Week empha­siz­ing the real­i­ty of actions.

April 26th — VelikiPetak — Great and Holy Fri­day Roy­al Hours at 10:00am: Known as Roy­al because there is a Gospel read­ing and the Emper­or would attend this ser­vice. It recounts the entire Gospel and Pas­sion of Jesus Christ.

April 26th — Veli­ki Petak — Great and Holy Fri­day Ves­pers at 4:00pm: Remem­ber­ing the cru­ci­fix­ion and death of Christ. There is a solemn pro­ces­sion as the bur­ial shroud (plash­tan­i­ca) is brought out to the peo­ple. Christ is laid in the tomb and our vig­il of the Res­ur­rec­tion begins.

April 26th — Like every year, please bring chil­dren for col­or­ing of eggs from 5 — 7 PM

April 26th — Veli­ki Petak — Great and Holy Fri­day Matins of Holy Sat­ur­day on Fri­day evening at 7:00pm: Known as the Prais­es of the Lamen­ta­tions, the ser­vice begins the Sab­bath as Christ lays in rest in the tomb. Often seen as a funer­al ser­vice for Christ, in fact it is a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the law and love of God towards His people.

April 27th — Veli­ka Sub­o­ta — Great and Holy Sat­ur­day and The Annu­ci­a­tion Ves­per­al Litur­gy of Holy Sat­ur­day at 10:00am: The death of Christ is linked with the cre­ative acts of God. It is here that Christ descends into Hell and breaks the doors. The ser­vice inau­gu­rates the paschal cel­e­bra­tion as the ser­vice is bright and uplift­ing. The tomb is revealed as a place of life.

April 27th — Velika­Sub­o­ta Vaskrsno jutrewe- Great and Holy Saturday:The Ser­vices of the Great and Holy Pascha Sat­ur­day evening start­ing at 11:30pm: The Joy of Joys, Hol­i­day of Hol­i­days, cel­e­brat­ing Christ’s Res­ur­rec­tion. The ser­vice begins with noc­turn antic­i­pat­ing the Res­ur­rec­tion. The pro­ces­sion fol­lows at mid­night announc­ing the Res­ur­rec­tion to the world. We then cel­e­brate the Paschal matins.Baskets will be blessed after Ruser­recional Matins on Pascha night and again fol­low­ing Divine Litur­gy on Sunday.

April 28th — “VASKRSEWE HRISTOVO” — PASCHA CELEBRATION, Divine Litur­gy at 10:00am at Parish Cen­ter, 2148 Michel­son Dr., Irvine. This is the Great and Joy­ous Litur­gy cel­e­brat­ing the Pascha of our Lord.The Parish cel­e­brates the Res­ur­rec­tion with a feast and events for the chil­dren and adults. Ban­quet will be held after the Divine Litur­gy at St. Mark Anti­ochi­an Church. See the detailed infor­ma­tion lat­er in this Newslet­ter. Ser­bian Music and enter­tain­ment will be pro­vid­ed by Pagani­ni Orchestra.

April 29th — Vaskrsni poned­e­qak ‑Bright Week. The Divine Litur­gy will be held at 10:00 am.

April 30th — Vaskrsni utorak ‑Bright Week (on Tues­day ‑no Litur­gy here — there will be Litur­gy @ the Monastery in Escon­di­do) and on Mon­day, April 16th, the Divine Litur­gy will be held at 10:00 am.

Also, dear Broth­ers and Sis­ters: One Ser­bian Lady is look­ing for a domes­tic job to take care of an elder­ly per­son or chil­dren. If you know of any­one who needs such a work­er please let me know.

Wish­ing you all a blessed remain­der of Holy Great Lent,

With love in Christ,

Fr. Blasko