Today Orthodox Church Celebrates Great Saturday

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Bulgaria: Today Orthodox Church Celebrates Great Saturday

On Great and Holy Saturday the Orthodox Church commemorates the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades. It is the day between the Crucifixion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection. The Matins of Holy Saturday is conducted on Friday evening, and while many elements of the service represent mourning at the death and burial of Christ, the service itself is one of watchful expectation.

On Great Saturday our focus is on the Tomb of Christ. This is no ordinary grave. It is not a place of corruption, decay and defeat. It is life-giving, a source of power, victory and liberation.

Great Saturday is the day between Jesus' death and His resurrection. It is the day of watchful expectation, in which mourning is being transformed into joy.

Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week. In it, the church commemorates the bodily burial of Christ and the descent of his spirit into hell to break his chains and reopen the gates of heaven. Church worship begins early in the morning and continues uninterrupted until the end of the day.

 The last Saturday chants merge with the Sunday ones and end with the solemn "Christ is risen!" After Good Friday, when the church canon forbids work, because for Christians it is a day of mourning for the death of Christ, on Saturday the last preparations are made for Easter. 

Church worship begins early in the morning and continues uninterrupted until the end of the day. The last Saturday chants merge with the Sunday ones and end with the solemn "Christ is risen!" After Good Friday, when the church canon forbids work, because for Christians it is a day of mourning for the death of Christ, on Saturday the last preparations are made for Easter. This is the second option - after Maundy Thursday, to paint the eggs. On Saturday, the Easter cakes are kneaded and baked.

The temples will be open and services will be held in them, but entry is subject to strict anti-epidemic rules.People must keep a distance of 1.5 meters and wear masks.

It is recommended not to touch or kiss icons.Priests must wear masks except during service.Where possible, corridors should be provided to prevent entry and exit of people from one and the same place.

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