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Holy Week 2016: St. John the Baptist Church - Tampa, FL

Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church is a parish of 350 families in Tampa, Florida. We are thankful to God for a glorious Holy Week and Pascha. Some of our Saint John “traditions” include:

Father Stavros offers the Proskomide on Saturday of Lazarus on the solea, with the permission of Metropolitan Alexios, so people can understand how the Holy Gifts are prepared.
The Procession with all of our children on Palm Sunday. When they reached the front of the church, they shouted “Hosanna” like the children in Jerusalem.
The maidens who serve at the Bridegroom services on Palm Sunday, Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday Evenings.
On Holy Wednesday evening, there is a prayer for all medical personnel, who are also invited to come and Holy the Gospel for the last prayer of Holy Unction
After the service of the Twelve Gospels, we hold an all night vigil where people come and read Psalms in front of the cross.
On Good Friday, the children come and pray around the Cross during the service of the Hours and then there is a youth retreat.
On Good Friday evening, seven girls are chosen for the role of the myrrh-bearers for the Lamentations Service
On Holy Saturday morning, our kids LOVE the tradition of scattering the leaves—many bring bags to collect leaves to take home.
At the Anastasi, three women, this year they were from GOYA, are chosen to receive the Light of the Resurrected Christ to share with the people, before we all go outside to the empty tomb.
After Liturgy, a dinner is held in the community center so that we may break bread together as we celebrate the Resurrection.

Father Stavros Akrotirianakis serves as the parish priest of St. John the Baptist in Tampa, FL.
Great and Holy Pascha; CHRIST IS RISEN!
Father Stavros offers the Proskomide on Saturday of Lazarus on the solea, with the permission of Metropolitan Alexios, so people can understand how the Holy Gifts are prepared.