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holy week

Welcome to your one stop shop for Holy Week. On this page we hope you’ll find everything you need to attend, participate and fully benefit from Holy Week.


Preparing for holy week


What is Lent?

Not really clear on what Lent is all about? Here's an overview of the seven weeks of Lent and what the Church reminds us to focus on.

Preparing for Holy Week sermon

Preparing for Holy Week, a sermon by Fr. Anthony


schedule & Parking for holy week

The schedule of prayers corresponds with the journey, the teaching, and the events that lead up to the crucifixion. Liturgical Services will be held March 30th through April 7th at two locations in Arlington. Click on the chart for service time and location.

A Personal Retreat Guide

Christians need space, time and solitude to reflect on God’s activity in their life, and to reconnect with God in meaningful ways. Just as Jesus retreated to the hills to reflect and be alone with God, His followers can seek out a place and time to draw closer to God, be it at home or at a retreat center.


How to benefit


thine is the power and the glory [free download]

This book has contemplations by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on the prayer that is chanted during The Holy Passion Week by the Coptic Orthodox Church, “Thine is the Power and the Glory and the Blessing and the Honour, forever Amen”

the seven words of our lord on the cross [free download]

Seven pronouncements were made by Our Lord in His passion on the Cross. They were a lifeblood for us all. At very few instances did He talk during His trial or while being tortured and reviled. He forfeited His own right, and conceded His self-respect. But while on the Cross, He spoke out for our sake, our benefit and salvation. Each word had its own impact.

living holy week: a daily guide

This is a brief guidebook that explains Holy Week day by day, and is meant to be read before the appropriate service of Holy Week, serving as a roadmap for what you will experience. 


how to particpate

stream services here

HOly week hymns


Listen to 22 specific Coptic Hymns for Holy Week in English.  


The Lectionary of holy week

The English Holy Week Lectionary is a collection of scripture readings appointed for each day of the Holy Week.  Also available as ibook

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kids and Teens

There are a variety of activities available at the doors of the church each day of the week. In addition, parents can download the following resources ahead of time.