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

Pascha
Cycle
Triodion Prophon-
isimon
Sundays
Great
Lent
Palm
Sun.
Sha-
neen-
eh
Great
and
Holy
Week
Great
and
Holy
Mon
Great
and
Holy
Tues
Great
and
Holy
Wed
Great
and
Holy
Thurs
Great
and
Holy
Fri
Great
and
Holy
Sat
Holy
and
Glor-
ious
Pascha

 

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
often
9 am
Vespers
Jesus' descent
from the cross
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
late
morning
Matins
Burial of Jesus
Junnaaz al-Maseeh
Epitaphios Service
of Great
and Holy
Saturday
on Great
and Holy
Friday
evening
Vespers
Blessing the new light,
Procession of Triumph,
The first proclamation
of the Resurrection,
Divine Liturgy
of Our Father among the Saints Basil
of Holy
and
Glorious
Pascha
on Great
and Holy
Saturday
morning
Matins
Hajmeh;
Paschal Orthros;
Divine Liturgy
of St. John
Chrysostom,
Blessing
of Holy Artos
(Pascha eggs
and bread)
of Holy
and
Glorious
Pascha
on Great
and Holy
Saturday
evening
/
night

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.

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 morning

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

  • Taking down the Crucified Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ from the Holy Cross
  • Placing the Crucified Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ in the Tomb

Taking down the Crucified Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ from the Holy Cross and Placing the Crucified Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ in the Tomb

The priest reads the Gospel.

Then, the reenactment of the Crucified Body of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ being removed from the Holy Cross and being placed in the tomb takes place.
The priest takes down the Crucified Body of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. wraps it in a shroud, and places it in the Tomb decorated with flowers. While the priest is doing that action, the choir sings this magnificent hymn. "O you put on light as a robe, when Joseph with Nicodemus brought you down from the wood and saw you dead, naked, and unburied, he wept in lamentation and said, 'Woe is me, O sweetest Jesus! When the sun beheld you hung on the cross, it was shrouded in darkness. The earth was shaken in fear and the curtain of the temple was torn asunder. I see you now willingly enduring death for me. How then shall I array you, O my God? How shall I place you in the shroud? How can I touch your spotless body? Or what dirges shall I sing for your funeral, O Merciful One? Therefore I extol your sufferings and praise your Burial and Resurrection, crying. "O Lord, glory to you!"

Then, there is a solemn procession with the Tomb (Epitaphion). The Tomb (Epitaphion) is decorated with red (death) and white (resurrection) flowers)

Time of Day

The time of Vespers (sunset) was about the time at which Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ's body was actually taken down from the Cross.

Pascha Cycle

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

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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