Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sacrament of the Holy Unction, Holy Wednesday
(On the afternoon or evening of Great and Holy Wednesday, the Sacrament or Mystery of Holy Unction is conducted in Orthodox parishes. The Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body and for forgiveness of sins. At the conclusion of the service of the Sacrament, the body is anointed with oil, and the grace of God, which heals infirmities of soul and body, is called down upon each person. The Sacrament is performed by a gathering of priests, ideally seven in number, however, it can be performed by a lesser number and even by a single priest.)
Fr. Panagiotis Lekas, Presiding Priest and Pastor of St. John The Theologian Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tenafly, NJ performed the Sacrament of the Holy Unction assisted by 2 Priests. The faithful filled St. John's Cathedral to capacity, many children and adults, the afternoon of Holy Wednesday. The Greek Orthodox we celebrate Easter, Pascha on April 19, 2009 this year. Always after Passover.