ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Members of Rochester’s Orthodox Church are in the midst of Holy Week, ahead of their Easter, or Pascha, celebration.
Wednesday was the service of the Holy Unction, which prepares worshipers to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
The Orthodox Church’s holy week is nine days long, beginning last Saturday with 30 hours of services throughout the week.
It comes to an end this Saturday night, with a service that runs from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Father Mark Muñoz says the church welcomes visitors who want to learn more about their traditions.
“The Orthodox Church is 2000 years old, the services that we do are from the 5th, 6th century, with very little subtracted or added to them so it’s a great opportunity for people to come and see how the Eastern Church has worshiped for 1500 years at least, maybe longer,” he said.
Unlike other Greek Orthodox churches, this is a Pan-Orthodox church, with members from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
That means the services are in English instead of the traditional Greek.