Great and Holy Friday - 04/10/15

Vespers of Great and Holy Friday (Burial Service)
In the afternoon on Friday, April 10th our community gathered for the Burial Vespers, in which we participate in the death of the Son of God upon the Cross. The Body of our Lord is tenderly removed from the Cross, and wrapped in a burial shroud, assisted by the children of our community. Later the Plaschenitsa (Holy Shroud depicting the Body of our Lord) is processed and placed in the Tomb in the center of the Church and venerated by the faithful!
Matins of Great and Holy Saturday (Lamentations)
In the evening on Friday, April 10th our community gathered for the Matins and Lamentations, in which we sing songs of love and tenderness to our Lord in the Tomb. This service also marks the transition from the solemnity of Holy Friday and our Lord’s Crucifixion and Death, to the first announcements of His harrowing of Hades (Old Testament prophecy of Ezekiel and the resurrection of the “dry bones”; and the Epistle and Gospel lessons), following our return from our procession around the church.
We are blessed by the presence of Archpriest Michael Oleksa and his wife Mat. Xenia, who are visiting from Alaska through Pascha. Fr. Michael gave an inspired homily reminding us that our faith teaches us live in joyful anticipation of the Kingdom – Holy Pascha!