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1311 Second St. SW, Mason City
Cerro Gordo County, Iowa


  Holy Transfiguration is a parish under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, In the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and under the protection of Metropolitan Archbishop IAKOVOS, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.

Submission by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2013

  Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Friday, April 22, 2016

Greek Orthodox Church in Mason City to celebrate Holy Week, Easter

MASON CITY Members of the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Mason City, along with Eastern Orthodox Christians throughout the world, will celebrate their Easter Sunday on May 1. Although most American Christians celebrated Easter in late March this year, Eastern Orthodox Christians follow a different method to calculate the date for the holiday.

The Holy Week liturgical schedule at Holy Transfiguration is as follows:

April 23: Lazarus Saturday Liturgy, 10 a.m., with breakfast to follow.

April 24: Blessing of Palms, 9:50 a.m.; Liturgy, 10 a.m. with Philoptochos fish luncheon to follow; 6 p.m., Orthros of the Bridegroom.

April 25: Holy Monday. 6 p.m., Orthros of the Bridegroom.

April 26: Holy Tuesday. 6 p.m., Orthros of the Bridegroom.

April 27: Holy Wednesday. 6 p.m., Mystery of the Holy Anointing.

April 28: Holy Thursday. 10 a.m., Liturgy of St. Basil; 6 p.m., the Holy Passion and Procession with the Great Cross.

April 29: Holy Friday. 3 p.m., Vespers of the Removal of Christ from the Cross; 6 p.m., the Great Lamentations at the Tomb of Christ.

April 30: Holy Saturday. 10 a.m., Mystical Liturgy of St. Basil with the sprinkling of the petals.; 10:30 p.m., Holy Office, Holy Light and Procession, the Orthros Canon and the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, with a parish lamb dinner to follow.

May 1: Holy Pascha (Easter).

Photograph courtesy of Globe Gazette
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2016



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