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Easter Saturday — Bright Saturday

10 April 2010

Today is Easter Saturday, or Bright Saturday, as it is known to Orthodox Christians, and marks the end of Bright (or Easter) week.

It is a week during which there is no fasting, indeed fasting is forbidden. After seven weeks of Lenten fasting, Bright Week is regarded as a single day, and symbolises the Eighth Day, the day without evening. Those who have observed the Lenten abstinence from meat, eggs and cheese eat them in this week (and that is the real origin of Easter eggs, often forgotten in secular society in which fasting is a dim or absent memory).

The Service of the day Hours is much shorter, and there are no Psalms read.

The Hours of Pascha

Beginning with the day, the Holy and Great Sunday of Pascha, up to Saturday, Hours, Compline, and Midnight Office are sung thus

Priest:    Blessed is our God, always now and ever, and unto ages of ages

Choir:    Amen.
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Kriste o tsogile bahung, o gatela fase lehu ka lehu, go bao ba lego ka mabitleng o ba fa bophelo

(Tone 6)    Having beheld the resurrection of Christ, let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. We venerate Thy Cross, O Christ, and we praise and glorify Thy holy resurrection. For Thou art our God, and we know no other than Thee. We call on Thy name.  Come, all you faithful, let us venerate Christ’s holy resurrection. For behold through the Cross joy has come into all the world. Let us ever bless the Lord, praising His resurrection. For by enduring the Cross for us, He has destroyed death by death.

(Hypakoe – Tone 8)  Before the dawn Mary and the women came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They heard the angelic voice: “Why do you seek among the dead as a man the one who is everlasting light? Behold the clothes in the grave! Go and proclaim the the world: The Lord is risen! He has slain death, as He is the Son of God, saving the race of men!”

(Kontakion – Tone 8)    Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of death.  In victory didst Thou arise. O Christ God, proclaiming “Rejoice” to the myrrhbearing women, granting peace to Thy apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

(Tone 8)    In the tomb with the body and in hell with the soul, in paradise with the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, wast Thou, O boundless Christ, filling all things

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:

Bearing life and more fruitful than paradise brighter than any royal chamber: Thy tomb , O Christ, is the fountain of our resurrection

Now and ever, and unto ages of ages
Amen

(Tone 8)    Rejoice, O holy and divine abode of the most high! For through you, O Theotokos, joy is given to those who cry: Blessed are you among women, O all-undefiled Lady!

Lord have mercy (40)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages
Amen

More honourable than the cherubim and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim: without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos, we magnify you.

In the name of the Lord, Father, bless.

Priest:    Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us

Choir:    Amen

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Lord, have mercy (thrice)

Priest:        (the dismissal):    May Christ, who is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life, our true God, through the prayers of His most-pure Mother and of all the saints, have mercy on us and save us, for He is good and loves mankind.

Choir:    Amen.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Attie permalink
    10 April 2010 8:31 am

    Hi! Ek vind di opstandings liturgie oongelooflik mooi en sinvol. Dankie vir verlede saterdag aand se diens…Eks ini hospitaal tans so di naweek gaan ek uitmis op di kort liturgie. Groete vir jo vrou! Attie

  2. 10 April 2010 4:03 pm

    Among the Antiochians (at least in the USA), the no fasting rule extends all the way to the Ascension.

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