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Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions

Passion Week 2014

Our Journey of Salvation with our Lord Jesus Christ

Have Faith
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Have Jesus as Your King
“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” 9 “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matt 21:5&9)

Bear Fruits


Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves. (Mark 11:12-13)

Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? (Mark 11:15-17)

Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” (John 8:51)

Be Ready

Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man.” 37 And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. (Luke 21:36-37) “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Be Faithful
Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. 4 So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. (Luke 22:3-4)

“Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me.” 13 “Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (Matt 26:10&13)


Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” (John 12:31-32)

Abide in Christ

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. (John 13:13-14)


And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.28 For this is My blood of the new[c] covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matt 26:26-28)

Sin No More
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:1-3) And He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matt 26:37-39) And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying,

“Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50 But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” (Matt 26:47-50) And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” 64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66 What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.” (Matt 26:63-66) Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. 2 Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.” (Mark 15:1-2) Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I
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was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all. (John 18:37-38) So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and putit on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. (John 19:1-3) This is He who offered Himself on the cross, an acceptable sacrifice for the salvation of our race. His good Father smelled His sweet aroma in the evening on Golgotha. We worship You, O Christ with Your Good Father and the Holy Spirit for You were crucified and saved us. (Fi Eh Taf Enf)
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Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:45-46)

Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one

of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. (John 19: 32-34)

So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39)

You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the depths. 4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me. (Psalm 88:6 & 23:4)

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. (John 19:38-40)


Be Victorious
O Sing unto Him who was crucified, buried and arose, who trampled and abolished death. Praise Him and exalt Him above all (From the Psali Vatos for the 3 Young Men) For You will not leave my soul in Sheol (Psalm 15:10)

For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. (John 5:26-27)

Schedule of Services for Passion Week/Resurrection
Fri 11/04 Sat 12/04 Conclusion of Lent - Liturgy Lazarus Saturday – Liturgy Palm Sunday Sun 13/04 Pascha 1st hour Pascha Mon 14/04 Tue 15/04 Wed 16/04 Morning Pascha Evening Pascha Holy Thursday – Liturgy Thu 17/04 Evening Pascha Good Friday Fir 18/04 Apocalypse Sat 19/04 Sun 20/04 Glorious Resurrection – Liturgy 10:30pm-6:00am 7:00pm-12:30am 5:00-9:00pm 8:00am-6:00pm 5:00-8:30pm 6:30-7:30am 11am-1:00pm 5:00-8:30pm 7:30am-2:00pm 9:00am-2:00pm 8:00-11:00am 7:00am-1:30pm

Blessed Glorious Feast of Resurrection