Holy Pascha Week: Great Thursday is part 3 of a four part series which serves as a Guide to the Rites, Hymns and Readings of Holy Pascha Week. Our paramount objective in this series is to introduce the believers to the trialogue of faith-the harmony among the Holy Bible, the Church Fathers, and the rites of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Through this symphony of discourse, the believer not only reads the Holy Scriptures, but understands it through the homilies, exegeses, and commentaries of the Church Fathers. This is a brief and simple companion to the Coptic Orthodox lectionary. We hope and pray that through this series, the Holy Bible, the Church Fathers, and the Church rites are not only introduced to each believer, but are experienced by the believer as a deep source of blessing, wisdom, and faith.
Through the grace of God, this is the 2nd edition of this volume. This book includes more than 500 pages and over 1000 excerpts from the patristic writings such as the writings of St. Athanasius, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory Nazianzen, St. Basil the Great, the Scholar Origen, and many others. Additionally, each day and each hour are introduced with a brief explanation, the theme of the readings, events, and rites contained within. We have also included two additional articles on Holy Week: one spiritual introduction to Holy Pascha Week by the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III; and a second article which provides an historical overview of the Holy Week tradition, as compared with other Apostolic traditions. ~ From the Preface to The Holy Pascha Vol III
by His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion