Glory to Jesus Christ!
Palm Sunday, April 2 - We will celebrate our Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. at La Casa. Willows and palms will be blessed and distributed on this special feast day. You are encouraged to hold your willows throughout the service!
Good Friday, April 7 – We will gather in La Casa at 3 p.m. to pray Vespers of Great and Holy Friday. Please join us for this beautiful service.
April 8, we
will celebrate The Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus
Christ at La Casa at 3 p.m.
We will begin with Resurrection Matins and will follow with the
Divine Liturgy and the Blessing of Paschal Foods. Don't forget to
bring your Easter basket for the blessing! Afterwards, we
will gather in fellowship in La Casa to enjoy and share our blessed
food. You can fill your basket with traditional foods or any favorite
There will be no services on Sunday, April 9.
Thomas Sunday, April 16 - Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. at La Casa. After the Divine Liturgy we will cut and share the Artos, which will have been blessed on Pascha.
Divine Liturgy, Sunday April 23 & 30 - 9 a.m. as usual, at La Casa.
Please continue to keep Ukraine and its people in your prayers!
And thank you for your continued support of Holy Wisdom!
Христос Воскрес! Christ is Risen!
The Holy Shroud (Plashchanytsya) we have was given to us by Holy Resurrection Monastery, formerly of Newberry Springs California, and its Ihumen (Head), Father Nicholas Zacharaidis, via Holy Theophany Monastery in Olympia Washington. The Shroud was originally given to the monks by the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Uniontown Pennsylvania.
When Holy Resurrection received the Shroud it was already old and was probably one of the first Shrouds to be made that uses the English language for the inscription of the Troparion of the Noble Joseph. The Shroud appears to have been made by the Sisters in Uniontown, then sent to a parish and then again found its way back to Uniontown. When the Holy Resurrection Monastery was founded a number of years ago, the monks needed a Plashchanytsya and the Uniontown Sisters gave them the shroud.
A few years ago, the monks acquired a new shroud. When the Sisters at Holy Theophany Monastery needed a Shroud, Father Nicholas loaned them the Shroud given to them by the Sisters in Uniontown. The sisters in Olympia acquired a new Plashchanytsya, and Father Abbot asked them to send the one he had loaned them to Holy Wisdom.
Thus the Shroud that we used this Holy Week is a “hand-me-down” and it is a holy “hand-me-down” that shows its age, which also shows us the many blessings that have poured out from it. One quickly sees that it is worn and tattered in places. But, it has been venerated in a good number of churches by many people, and, although it is worn, it still is worthy of veneration. We are very fortunate to have been given this blessed article Please pray for all of the benefactors over the years who cherished OUR shroud and saw fit to give it to us for our services on Good and Great Friday. And that is the rest of the Story!
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