Great and Holy Week 2009 at St. Philip Orthodox Church

Fr. Joseph blesses the palms and pussy willows.
The blessed palms and willows are distributed to the parishioners.
"The Light of Christ Illuminatith all." Fr. Peter Tutko celebrates the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Holy Monday.
Communion is distributed by Fr. Joseph at the last Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts for 2009.
Annointing at the Unction Service on Holy Wednesday.
A parishioner/Air Force member is annointed.
Passing under the open Gospel book to be annointed.
Twelve candles represent the twelve passion gospels.
Fr. Joseph chants a passion gospel on Holy Thursday evening.
The parishioners kneel at the gospel reading.
Fr. Joseph
The final blessing.
The holy shroud is carried out of the Holy Place over Fr. Joseph who carries the Gospel book on Holy Friday.
Incensing the shroud.
Fr. Joseph venerates the shroud.
The parishioners also venerate the shroud.
Fr. Peter begins matins of Holy Saturday on the evening before.
The procession on Friday evening with the shroud begins.
"Christ is Risen!"
The procession begins for Resurrection Matins.
The cross with the risen Christ follows the pascha candle in leading the way.
Arriving at the front doors.
"Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered."
"As smoke vanishes so let them vanish."
"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life."
Fr. Joseph reads the Paschal sermon of St. John Chrysostom.
The gospel chanted in Greek, Latin, Old Slavonic and English.
The bells are rung between each Gospel verse.
Blessing of the artos.
Distributing red eggs.
Baskets of Paschal foods.
Preparing the baskets to be blessed.
The baskets are blessed.