Saturday, May 4, 2013

Today is Holy Saturday, the last day of Holy Week.


Today is Holy Saturday, the last day of Holy Week.

Today is Holy Saturday, the last day of Holy Week. On this day the Church commemorates body burial of Christ and the descent of His spirit in hell to break his chains and reopen the gates of paradise.
 Joseph and Nicodemus removed his body from the cross, wrapped it in cloth and laid incense in a new grave stone.
Students buried his hope and faith, but not love.
Instead of a royal crown - crown of thorns instead throne - shameful cross.
Apostles' remaining silent. "
... Descending night. Dozing guard at the sealed tomb. Suddenly the ground shakes hit the hill. With a groan shifts rock. Strong light, like lightning knocks the guard on the ground. The grave is empty.
Guards flee in terror. Resident in Christ's death remains undefeated. Drained to its dregs the cup of the sons of men, he ascended over Jerusalem, and Pilate, Caiaphas and over the keepers of the Law over suffering and death itself ...
Church celebrates Holy Saturday "the most blessed the seventh day."
Church worship today begins early and continues uninterrupted until the end of the day.
Last Saturday chants merge with Sunday and ends with the solemn "Christ is Risen!"

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