The Orthodox Church honors today a Holy Saturday – the last day of the Holy Week preceding Easter. On this day is commemorated the funeral of Jesus Christ, done by Joseph and Nicodemus, his mourning of his mother, the Virgin Mary, and the women carrying the ointment, as well as the Savior’s descent into the kingdom of darkness, Focus reported.
When Christ died as a man, his body was laid in a grave. His soul descended to hell, defeated him and freed the souls captured there. On the third day the soul and body rejoined and the body rose from the dead. On Easter Saturday, on the grave of Jesus Christ in the Temple “Resurrection Christ” in Jerusalem, the graceful fire descends from heaven. Orthodox Christians believe this is a miracle that happens every year the day before Easter.
Holy Saturday is the “blessed seventh day” that ends the Holy Week. This is the longest week of the year when the post is the strictest. This week is associated with Lord’s sufferings. The temple is illuminated and the message of the peace-loving women who came to the grave of Jesus Christ is proclaimed. The priest, carrying the gospel and the Plasnatsata, along with the worshipers, walked around the temple with lit candles. This solemn procession testifies that the whole universe is cleansed, delivered and restored that life and light have overcome death and darkness.
In the evening before the resurrection, the temple symbolizes the grave in which the Savior’s body was laid. The doors are closed, and the preparation for worship begins from the outside, where the yerete performs the last prayers. Mirans and worshipers gather in front of the temple in anticipation of the Great Sacrament – Resurrection. Everyone holds a candle in their hand to carry the light of the Word of God into their home. On the Great Sabbath 15 readings or prophecies about Christ are read, some of which Jesus Christ Himself spoke to his disciples. The Holy Saturday Office already belongs to the Passover Sunday.
On Easter Saturday, Christian Orthodox families are making last efforts to meet the greatest Resurrection of Christ. Then usually knead and bake ritual Easter breads and cakes, paint eggs and eggs. Then a sacrificial and sacrificial lamb is offered in a symbolic sacrifice. As a rule, the first painted egg is left for Virgin Mary. It is believed to have miraculous healing power. In some parts of our country, even the shells of the first egg, which were added to the dough in the preparation of ritual breads for other holidays during the year, even served as a cure for diseases. In other places, the first egg is necessarily kept up to the icon throughout the year, and the evening before the Resurrection is buried in the land for fertility and prosperity in the home.