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Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great and Holy Saturday - Junnaaz al-Maseeh - Hajmeh

Pascha
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Lent
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and
Holy
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and
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Glor-
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Fasting and Feasting

Holy Saturday is a day of strict fasting until the Vespers of Pascha. Feasting begins after the Vespers, which is about mid-day. Many Churches delay the Vespers until evening.

All services in Great and Holy Week are moved ahead 12 hours.

The reason is probably to make the services more convenient for the people to attend.

Great and Holy Week or Pascha Cycle
Liturgical
Service
of what
Liturgical
Day
Held on
what
Calendar
Day
Time
held
Royal Hours
(Great Hours)
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
early
morning
Vespers
Jesus' descent
from the cross
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
late
morning
afternnon
Matins
Burial of Jesus
Junnaaz al-Maseeh
Epitaphios Service
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
evening
Vespers
Lighting of New Fire
Blessing New Light
First Proclamation of the Resurrection
Procession of New Light
Procession of Triumph
of Holy
and
Glorious
Pascha
on Great
and Holy
Saturday
morning
Matins
Taking of New Light
Procession with New Light
Hajmeh
Paschal Orthros
Divine Liturgy
Blessing Holy Artos
of Holy
and
Glorious
Pascha
on Great
and Holy
Saturday
evening
/
night

Royal Hours (Great Hours) of Great and Holy Saturday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Friday morning

Special prayers are said and special sections of the Old and New Testament are read.
All the Old Testmanet prophesies that foretold the coming, teaching, suffering, and death of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ are read.

Vespers is the Descent from the cross of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ's body of Great and Holy Saturday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Friday late morning or afternoon

Vespers commemorates the taking down of the body of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ from the Cross. The Body of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is removed from the Holy Cross.
Great and Holy Saturday Vespers

Matins is the Funeral of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ's body (Funeral of Christ / Junnaaz al-Maseeh) of Great and Holy Saturday, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Friday evening

We have the Funeral Service for the body of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. We gather around the Tomb (Epitaphion) and we sing Lamentations.
Great and Holy Saturday Matins

Vespers is the Lighting of the New Fire, Blessing the New Light, First Proclamation of the Resurrection, Procession of the New Light, and Procession of Triumph, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Saturday morning.

Lighting of the New Fire, Blessing the New Light, First Proclamation of Resurrection, Procession of the New Light, and Procession of Triumph,
Pascha Vespers

Matins is the Taking of the New Light, Procession with the New Light, Hajmeh, Paschal Orthros, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Holy Artos of Pascha, which is celebrated on Great and Holy Saturday evening / night

Taking of the New Light, Procession with the New Light, Hajmeh, Paschal Orthros, Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Holy Artos of Pascha of Pascha
Pascha Vespers and Divine Liturgy

Pascha Cycle

Great and Holy Saturday is between Great and Holy Friday and Holy and Glorious Pascha.

Name

The correct name is "Junnaaz al-Maseeh". Some people say "Ginnaz al-Maseeh".

How to determine when Great and Holy Saturday occurs

Great Lent is Forty Days.   A count back from the date of Pascha is made.

Traditions

Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

Images

Images of Great and Holy Saturday Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton, (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States)
Images of Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton, (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States)

Images of Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

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