Due to the coronavirus shutdown, no-one will be able to go to church for Holy Week and Easter. In order to make it easier for everyone to participate in the Holy Week services, we are publishing a copy of the Plastychynia that you can download, print, or even enlarge for you own devotions at home. On Good Friday, you can make a small shrine where you can place a copy of this icon.

If your family wants to, you can make a procession around the inside of the house or if possible you can make a procession around the home outside.

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We will bless palms and willows this Sunday after Divine Liturgy. Also paska’s will be blessed on Saturday evening of Holy Week. If you want to, you can have these items with you when you are praying with us through the internet.

Please see the schedule for webscasting from the Melbourne Cathedral for Holy Week.

The noble Joseph, when he had taken down The most pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb (Tropar of Great Friday)

The term Burial Shroud (in Ukrainian Plashchanitsa, in Greek, Epitaphios) is an icon that depicts the Saviour lying in the tomb. It is usually a large piece of cloth with an image of the Saviour laid in the tomb painted or embroidered on it. The Taking Out and Burial Service of the Holy Shroud are the two most important services on Great Friday of Holy Week. Great Friday (also called Holy Friday or Passion Friday) is the most sorrowful day in the Church’s liturgical year for all Christians worldwide. On this day we commemorate the Passion of Jesus Christ on the cross and His death.

Great Friday is a day of Strict Fast. Our faithful have a tradition of preparing themselves to venerate the Holy Shroud much like receiving Holy Communion.

The icon, “The Deposition in the Tomb”, represents the scene of the burial of the crucified Saviour as related in the Gospels. His body was taken down from the cross and wrapped in the Shroud—that is, the linen cloths with the spices. Next Christ was laid in the tomb, cut out of the rock, and a large stone was rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb.