Saint Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral

Dallas, Texas

Orthodox Church In America (OCA)

Diocese of the South

Message from our Dean, Fr. Gerasim

April 15, 2020

Holy Wednesday

Dear Friends of St Seraphim Cathedral,

We greet you on the approaching feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, this year we will serve the Paschal Services at St Seraphim Cathedral behind closed doors. A very small choir will assist us on Holy Saturday and Pascha. The services will NOT be open to the public!

We ask that you remain in your homes.

You may access the Paschal services at St Seraphim Cathedral by live-stream through the stseraphim.org website on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 Noon with the Vesperal Liturgy of St Basil the Great and on PASCHA, April 19th, at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning. The Paschal Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM. We will NOT be celebrating a midnight service on Pascha this year!

At the end of the Divine Liturgy on Pascha, we will read the prayer for the blessing of the Paschal Baskets of the choir members, and then greet one another with Pascha eggs. If you are participating by live-stream in your homes, at the moment that we are reading the prayer for the blessing of Paschal Baskets, please sprinkle your Paschal Basket with holy water at the same time that we are doing this at the Cathedral.

Please join us by exchanging the Paschal greeting in your own homes at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

We greet you in advance with the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In Christ,

Archimandrite Gerasim

PRAYER FOR THE BLESSING OF PASCHAL FOODS AT HOME

READER: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, risen from the dead, have mercy on us and save us.

CHOIR: Amen. [Sing the Paschal Troparion]

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Thrice.)

READER: O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who art the Bread of Life and the Giver of all good things, as Thou didst receive and sanctify the ram which the faithful Abraham brought to Thee, and the lamb which Abel offered to Thee as a whole-offering; likewise, also, the fatted calf which Thou didst command to be slain for Thy prodigal son when he returned to Thee: that, as he was counted worthy to delight in Thy good things, so may we also delight in these foods that are sanctified and blessed by Thee for the nourishment of us all. Bless this Paschal bread, these flesh meats, this cheese, these eggs, and all these other foods, and preserve us in Thy goodness, that, as we partake of them, we may be filled with Thy gifts, ungrudgingly bestowed, and with Thine ineffable goodness.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, risen from the dead, have mercy on us and save us.

CHOIR: Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Thrice.)