Bright Week

Bright Week or Renewal Week is the name used by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine Rite for the period of seven days beginning on Pascha (Easter) and continuing up to (but not including) the following Sunday, which is known as Thomas Sunday. Latin rite and other Christian groups such as Anglicans refer to this period as Easter Week, not to be confused with the Octave of Easter, which includes the following Sunday.

The entire week following Pascha is to be set aside by Orthodox Christians for the celebration of the Resurrection. According to the 66th canon of the Council in Trullo: "from the holy day of the Resurrection of Christ our God until New Sunday (i.e. Thomas Sunday) for a whole week the faithful in the holy churches should continually be repeating psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, rejoicing and celebrating Christ, and attending to the reading of the Divine Scriptures and delighting in the Holy Mysteries. For in this way shall we be exalted with Christ; raised up together with Him. For this reason on the aforesaid days that by no means there be any horse races or any other public spectacle". [Citation
last =
first =
author-link =
last2=
first2=
author2-link=
contribution =Council in Trullo: Canon LXVI
year =1885
publication-date=
title =Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers
editor-last =Schaff
editor-first =Philip
editor-link=Philip Schaff
edition=
volume =14
series =2nd
pages =
place =Edinburgh
publisher =T&T Clark
id =
isbn =
url = http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.xiv.iii.lxvii.html
accessdate = 2008-05-06
] In Imperial Russia, the taverns used to be closed during Bright Week, and no alcoholic beverages were sold. [Citation
last =Bulgakov
first =S. V.
author-link =
last2=
first2=
author2-link=
contribution =
year =1900
publication-date=2006
title =Handbook for Church Servers
editor-last =
editor-first =
editor-link=
edition=2nd
volume =
series =
page =581
place =Kharkov
publisher =Translated by Archpriest Eugene D. Tarris
id =
isbn =
url = http://www.transfigcathedral.org/faith/Bulgakov/0581.pdf
accessdate = 2008-05-06
]

Liturgical aspects

The entire week is considered to be one continuous day, and the name of each day of the week is called "Bright" (e.g., "Bright Monday"). Every service during the week is completely different than at any other time of the year. Everything in the services is sung joyfully rather than read. Normally, the entire Psalter is read during the course of a week (and twice a week during Great Lent), but during Bright Week no psalms at all are read. Each of the Little Hours is replaced by a special service known as the Paschal Hours. [Citation
last =
first =
author-link =
last2=
first2=
author2-link=
contribution =
year =1990
publication-date=
title =The Pentecostarion (translated from the Greek)
editor-last =
editor-first =
editor-link=
edition=
volume =
series =
pages =37-38
place =Boston MA
publisher =Holy Transfiguration Monastery
id =
isbn =
url =
accessdate =
] The normal Prayers Before Communion are replaced with the Paschal Canon.

The hymns chanted every day are identical to those chanted on the Sunday of Pascha, with the exception of a few parts that are taken from the Octoechos (the "Book of the Eight Tones"). Each day has a different tone assigned to it: Easter Sunday is Tone One, Bright Monday is Tone Two, and so on through the eight tones (skipping Tone Seven, the "Grave Tone"):
*Sunday of Pascha (Tone One)
*Bright Monday (Tone Two)
*Bright Tuesday (Tone Three)
*Bright Wednesday (Tone Four)
*Bright Thursday (Tone Five)
*Bright Friday (Tone Six)
*Bright Saturday (Tone Eight)

During all of Bright Week the Holy Doors on the Iconostasis are kept open—the only time of the year when this occurs. The open doors represent the stone rolled away from the Tomb of Christ, and the "Epitaphios" (Slavonic: "Plashchanitza"), representing the burial clothes, is visible through them on the Holy Table (altar). The doors are closed before the Ninth Hour on the eve of Thomas Sunday. However, the Afterfeast of Pascha will continue until the eve of the Ascension.

In Bright Week the normal fasting rules are suspended, and the entire week is fast-free, with special Paschal foods, such as "pascha" (a special dish made of cheese, eggs and other products that were forbidden during Great Lent), "kulich" and other easter breads being eaten every day. Red Easter eggs are blessed at the end of the Paschal Vigil, and are eaten throughout Bright Week (though some are usually reserved for Radonitza).

At the end of Vespers on the Sunday of Pascha there is a Cross Procession three times around the church, at which the Icon of the Resurrection and the Artos are carried. On the last circuit, there is a reading from the Gospel and the priest sprinkles the faithful with holy water. On Bright Monday through Bright Saturday, this Cross Procession takes place in the same manner after Matins or the Divine Liturgy.

The Artos is a loaf of leavened bread that was blessed during the Paschal Vigil, and is symbolic of the physical presence of the Resurrected Christ among the Apostles. This Artos is kept in the church during Bright Week, either in the nave, next to the Icon of the Resurrection; in front of the Icon of Christ on the Iconostasis; or in front of the Holy Doors. Throughout the week, whenever anyone enters the church, he or she kisses the Artos, as a means of symbolically greeting the resurrected Christ.

On Bright Friday, in addition to the normal Paschal hymns and the hymns from the Octoechos, special stichera and a canon in honor of the Theotokos (Mother of God) are chanted in commemoration of her Icon of the "Life-giving Spring."

On Bright Saturday, after the Divine Liturgy, the priest says a prayer over the Artos and it is broken up and distributed to the faithful.

Bright Week begins the liturgical season known as the Pentecostarion, the period of fifty days which begins on Pascha and continues to Pentecost and its afterfeast. [Propers for the following two Sundays are often included in the Pentecostarion as well.] Every day throughout the coming year is dependent upon the date of Pascha for determining both the Tone of the Week (Octoechos) and the Epistle and Gospel readings.

Paschal funeral

If it becomes necessary to celebrate a funeral during Bright Week, even this service is radically different, and follows for the most part the format for Paschal Matins, with only a few funeral hymns being chanted. [Citation
last =Hapgood
first =Isabel F.
author-link =
last2=
first2=
author2-link=
contribution =
year =1906
publication-date=1975
title =Service Book of the Holy Orthodox-Catholic Apostolic Church
editor-last =
editor-first =
editor-link=
edition=2nd
volume =
series =
pages =435-6, 610
place =Englewood NJ
publisher =Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
id =
isbn =
url =
accessdate =
] It is held that those Orthodox Christians who die in penitence during this time are released from the bonds of their sins and are accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven. [Hapgood, "op. cit."]

References

External links

* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=27 Holy Pascha: The Resurrection of Our Lord] Orthodox icon and synaxarion
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=28 Bright Monday]
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=29 Bright Tuesday]
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=30 Bright Wednesday]
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=31 Bright Thursday]
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=32 Bright Friday]
* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=33 Bright Saturday]

* [http://www.transfigcathedral.org/faith/Bulgakov/0581.pdf Paschal Week] , from "Handbook for Church Servers" (Kharkov, 1900) by S. V. Bulgakov


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art — Bright Star Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature s patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution… …   Wikipedia

  • Bright Lights, Big City (film) — Infobox Film name = Bright Lights, Big City caption = Theatrical release poster director = James Bridges producer = Sydney Pollack writer = Jay McInerney starring = Michael J. Fox Kiefer Sutherland Phoebe Cates music = Donald Fagen cinematography …   Wikipedia

  • Bright Idea (song) — Infobox Single Name = Bright Idea Artist = Orson from Album = Bright Idea Released = 15 May 2006 Format = CD Genre = Rock Length = 4:17 Label = Universal Producer = Last single = No Tomorrow (2006) This single = Bright Idea (2006) Next single =… …   Wikipedia

  • Week End — Infobox Film name = Le weekend caption = Film poster director = Jean Luc Godard producer = writer = Jean Luc Godard starring = Mireille Darc Jean Yanne music = Antoine Duhamel cinematography = Raoul Coutard editing = Agnès Guillemot distributor …   Wikipedia

  • Easter Week — or Bright Week is the period of seven days from Easter Sunday through the Saturday following.Western ChurchIn the Latin Rite of Roman Catholicism, Anglican and other Western churches, Easter Week is the week beginning with the Christian feast of… …   Wikipedia

  • All Things Bright and Beautiful (album) — All Things Bright and Beautiful Studio album by Owl City Release …   Wikipedia

  • John Bright — (16 November 1811 ndash; 27 March 1889), Quaker, was a British Radical and Liberal statesman, associated with Richard Cobden in the formation of the Anti Corn Law League. He was one of the greatest orators of his generation, and a strong critic… …   Wikipedia

  • M. D. Bright — Born Mark D. Bright 1955 Nationality American …   Wikipedia

  • USS Bright (DE-747) — Career (United States) Name: USS Bright (DE 747) …   Wikipedia

  • To the Bright and Shining Sun — Infobox Single Name = To the Bright and Shining Sun Artist = The Walls from Album = New Dawn Breaking B side = Released = July 11 2002 Format = 7 , CD Recorded = 2002 Genre = Rock Length = ? Label = Earshot Records Producer = ? Chart position = * …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”