All Orthodox Christians around the world are preparing for Holy Pascha (Easter) throughout Great Lent, which this year began on February 19th. The first 5 Fridays of Great Lent are marked with a very beloved evening church service of the Orthodox faithful, the “Salutations”, dedicated to the Theotokos. The Salutations of the Theotokos, together with a supplicatory canon, are incorporated to the Small Compline service. If we wanted to get to know the Mother of God a little better, all we have to do is listen to the hymns of this service—it’s like her biography, “in poem form”.
Click on the Church Calendar for March here: MARCH 2018 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΣ for a full listing of the many church services this month. There are weekday services on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (except for Quiet Week, which is always the week before Holy Week).
Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. –Compline
Wednesday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. –Presanctified Liturgy
Friday, March 23, 5:00 p.m. –The Akathist Hymn
Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. -Eve of the Annunciation, Great Vespers
Some other important dates to note: Palm Sunday on April 1st, followed by Holy Week, and then Holy Pascha on April 8th.