Holy Pascha - 05/02/2021
Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!
Χριστός Ανέστη! المسيحقام!
Late Saturday evening (May 1), and “while it was still dark” into Sunday (May 2), our community gathered for the “Feast of feasts, and Holy Day of holy days” - Great and Holy Pascha! This year, due to indoor gathering restrictions, we gathered under a large tent... glory to God for all things! Abundant thanks to all who worked so tirelessly to make it possible - Christ is Risen!
(Ode 1 - Canon of Holy Pascha)
It is the day of Resurrection, let us be illumined O ye people, Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord, from death unto Life and from earth unto Heaven has Christ our God led us singing the song of Victory! Let us purify our senses, and we shall behold Christ, radiant with the light ineffable of the Resurrection, and shall hear Him say in accents clear, rejoice as we sing the song of victory. For meet it is that the Heavens should rejoice, and that the earth should be glad, and the whole world, visible and invisible, should keep the feast, for Christ, the everlasting joy is Risen!
Holy Saturday - 05/01/2021
From Friday evening (April 30) until Saturday morning (May 1), the community of Christ the Saviour observed the all-night Grave Watch at the Tomb of our Lord. The faithful took 1-hour shifts being vigilant at the grave of our Lord. On Saturday morning we welcomed Ab. Mark for the Vesperal Liturgy (with 15 Old Testament Readings).
The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day, when he said: God blessed the seventh day.” This is the blessed Sabbath. This is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation. He kept the Sabbath in the flesh, by returning again to what He was. He has granted us eternal life, For He alone is good, and the lover of man.
Burial Vespers and Lamentations - 04/30/2021
An impious and transgressing people – why do they imagine vain things? Why do they condemn to death the Life of all? O great wonder! The Creator of the world is betrayed into the hands of lawless men. He Who loves mankind, is lifted up upon the Wood, that He might free those bound in Hell, who cry: “O long-suffering Lord, glory to Thee!”
Passion Gospels - 04/29/2021
When the glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before supper, then the impious Judas was darkened ailing with avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrayed Thee, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man because of avarice hanged himself. Flee from the greed soul which dared such things against the Master! O Lord who art good towards all men, glory to Thee!