St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia
2024 Pascha / Easter Update


Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With the spring comes the annual renewal of the natural world, and with it the annual renewal of hope, but more importantly with spring comes the vernal equinox, the Passover, and a full moon, for which we wait impatiently each year. We wait for that full moon because only with it can we enter into a quiet sadness as Lent fades, and having entered therein we behold, we relive, the Passion of Our Lord. From His glorious raising of Lazarus and His triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the terrible betrayal of Judas and the triple denial of Peter, to Golgotha and the Cross, and to the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, we are spellbound at each step, each and every year.

But what we in truth have on each Holy Saturday is not just hope brought on by the better weather as the seasons change, but certainty in the path to eternal life that was won for us only by Christ’s trampling down death by death in His harrowing of hell. Not just a mere hope, but surety in the reality of life after death, and only through His Holy Resurrection, symbolized by the Light that Never Fails that illuminates the candles that we carry in the annual Cross Procession at midnight. A certainty that comes only from the Holy Pascha of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Feast of Feasts, the Triumph of Triumphs!

With love in the Risen Christ,

Fr. Gregory



“This is the day which the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” 

          (The Paschal Prokeimenon) 


All of us at Saint Michael Russian Orthodox church encourage everyone to come and celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. Experience the joy of this day and let that joy come into your lives and let it live in your hearts long after the Pascha Liturgy. 

Below is the schedule of services leading up to holy week and Pascha. 

We hope to see you here so we can celebrate together! 

Fr. Gregory will hear confessions before any of these services. 

  • Saturday, April 27 – Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy – 10 am
  • Sunday, April 28 – Palm Sunday – 10 am followed by Palm Sunday Dinner
  • Wednesday, May 1 – Holy Unction – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 2 – Vesperal Liturgy –10 am 
  • Holy Friday, May 2 - Matins, reading of the 12 Passion Gospels – 6:00 pm
  • Friday, May 3 – Holy Friday Vespers – 2 pm
  • Friday May 3 - Matins of Holy Saturday (Good Friday evening)– 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 4 – Vesperal Liturgy – 10 am, Followed by blessing of Paschal baskets in Church Hall
  • Saturday, May 4-5 - Holy Pascha Nocturne, Matins, Divine Liturgy – 11:20 pm, Followed by blessing of Paschal baskets in the church hall
  • Bright Monday, May 6 - Divine Liturgy - 10 am
  • Bright Saturday, May 11 - Divine Liturgy - 10 am, Followed by Luncheon with clergy and parishioners of Atlantic States Deanery


With love in Christ, 

Suzanne Veres, Parish President 



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