During Great Lent special services called Pre -Sanctified Liturgies, are celebrated on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Friday evenings the Stations of the Akathist Hymn to Virgin Mary are chanted on four stations and the Last (5th Friday) all the stations together are chanted.
The first Saturday of the Great Lent is the Last Saturday of Souls and the Feast Day of Saints Theodores.
The 1st Sunday of Lent is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. On this Sunday the Decision of the 7th Ecumenical Synod is commemorated and a procession of the Holy Icons take place as a sign of the reinstitution of the Holy Icons, which took place on the 7th Century.
The Second Sunday is the Sunday dedicated to St. Gregory Palamas , who introduced the Jesus Prayer. The Holy Church introduces this prayer as a companion to fasting. The prayer gives strength to the faithful to continue this spiritual journey of the Holy Lent.
The third Sunday is called the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross. This is the Sunday, which is in the middle of the Great Lent. At the end of the Divine Liturgy the Cross in flowers is taken to procession. The meaning is that the faithful who are exercising the lent to take strength from the power of the Holy Cross. Also to remind them that after the suffering on the Cross always Resurrection and salvation follows.
The Fourth Sunday is dedicated to St. John the Climax as an example of conquering the temptations and climbing the ladder towards God. The ladder of purification from the temptations of the world an reach the state next to God, state of holiness through spiritual exercise, prayer, fasting, repentance and control our actions and thoughts.
The Fifth and the Last Sunday of the Great Lent is dedicated to St. Mary of Egypt. The life of saint Mary of Egypt is taken as example of extreme humility. Also to show to the faithful that God after serious repentance forgives even the worst of the sins.
The Holy Lent period finishes with the Last Saturday, which is dedicated to the Resurrection of Lazarus. During the weekdays Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the Church sings a service called Great compline. All these services are introduced to enforce the spiritual state of the faithful and to call them to public prayer aside then the private prayer.
The Great and Holy Week starts with the Palm Sunday. The glorious entrance of our Lord and Savior to the Holy City of Jerusalem. At the conclusion of the service the Palm Crosses are blessed and are distributed to the faithful, who attended the church service.
In the evening the Holy Monday Matins service is celebrated and is called the Service of the Bride groom the icon of Jesus Christ with the crown of thorns and the red cloak is taken to procession in a solemn service. The church celebrates the memory of St. Joseph of Pagalos and the drying by the Lord of the fig tree which did not bear fruit.
Holy Monday evening the service is called again, the Bridegroom service. The church commemorates the parable from the gospel of the ten virgins.
Holy Tuesday evening, the church celebrates the matins of Holy Wednesday. The Church commemorates the woman who washed the feet of Jesus Christ with her hair with expensive oil.
Holy Wednesday morning, the Church celebrates the Vesper of that day with Pre - Sanctified Liturgy. The same Liturgy is performed on Holy Monday Morning and Holy Tuesday morning. On the eve of Holy Wednesday the Greek orthodox churches perform the Sacrament of Holy Unction for the faithful at the Church.
On Holy Thursday Morning the Church celebrates the events that took place on Holy Thursday evening, the Last Supper. Vespers with Divine Liturgy is celebrated. At this Divine Liturgy also the Holy Communion for the emergency cases is prepared for all the year.
On Holy Thursday evening the events that took place on Good Friday morning are commemorated. The church performs the Mat9ins of Good Friday by reading 12 times the gospel depicting the events that took place. After the Fifth Gospel the priest takes the Big Holy Cross from the Altar in a solemn procession in the Church places it in the middle of the Solea . Solea is the Part at front of the Icon screen and everybody kneels during the procession. Then the service concludes after the reading of the 12th gospel. Every body goes to the Crucifix and venerates it.
Good Friday Morning the Royal Hours are read. At 3 p.m. The Great Vesper of the Unnailing Service takes place. Hymns are chanted and the gospel is read, towards the end of the gospel reading the priests takes a shroud and takes down the body of the crucified Christ. Wraps it into the shroud and places it on the Altar table then the Special material called the shroud of Christ is taken out in a solemn procession in the Church and is placed in a special canopy decorated with flowers called Epitaphion.
Good Friday night is the Lamentation service, people with candles in their hand sing hymns to Jesus Christ and in one moment the Canopy with shroud is taken out of the Church in a very big solemn procession and people go behind the Epitaphion and sing hymns. The procession goes around the Church and comes into the Church and then the priest takes the shroud from the canopy and places it on the Altar. This signifies the burial of Christ.
On Holy Saturday Morning the Church celebrates the Descent of Our Lord to the Hades and the Resurrection of all the righteous soul from the Hades. This service is called the First Resurrection. It is a Vesper with Divine Liturgy.
In the evening at 11 p.m. the matins of Easter is sung and at 12 mid night the Holy Resurrection Gospel outside the church is Read and the Resurrection Hymn is proclaimed is Easter and then with a procession the priest and the faithful with their candles in their hands return in to the church. The matins are concluded and the Paschal Divine Liturgy is celebrated, the service concludes with Holy Communion and distribution of Red Eggs.
With Easter the Pentecostal Season starts.
The First week after Easter is called the Bright week. The Church considers the whole week as one Day from Easter Sunday to the 1st Sunday of Easter, which is dedicated to Saint Thomas. On Easter Morning the Vesper is celebrated and the Gospel is read in many languages. At the conclusion of the service red eggs are distributed.
The second Sunday is dedicated to the Myrrh bearing women
The third Sunday is dedicated to the Sunday of the Cananite woman
The Fourth Sunday is dedicated to the gospel account of the Paralytic.
The Fifth Sunday is dedicated to the gospel account of the blind man.
The following Wednesday is the Re -institution of Easter Holiday and Great Feast. The next Day is 40 days from Easter and the Glorious Ascension of Our Lord and Savior is celebrated. The next Sunday is the memory of the Holy fathers of the I St Ecumenical Synod in Nicea and the following Saturday is the last Saturday of Souls of the year.
The next day, is 50 days after Easter. It is the Feast Day of Pentecost. The descent of the holy Spirit upon the Disciples and the establishment of the Church on earth. The next Day is the Feast day of the Holy Trinity. So the Pentecostal season concludes the next Sunday which is dedicated to All the known and unknown Saints of the world.