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Holy Saturday Night
The Resurrection of Our Lord and the Divine Liturgy of Holy Pascha
During Holy Saturday, we essentially mourn Christ's death. For several hours before midnight, we sing hymns and spend time in church, anticipating His resurrection. A few minutes before midnight, the church gets quiet and goes dark. Finally, the church erupts in candlelight and the traditional hymn, Christos Anesti or Christ is Risen, is sung.
The life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is celebrated. The Orthros of the Resurrection begins in complete darkness. The priest takes light from the vigil light and gives it to the faithful who are holding candles. Then comes the breathless moment for the priest to start the hymn of Resurrection, which they join him in singing: "Christ has Risen from the dead, by death trampling upon Death, and has bestowed life upon those in the tombs." From this moment, the entire service takes on a joyous Easter atmosphere. The people confess and admit that love of one's fellowman is the solid foundation of the faith in the Resurrection of Christ.
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