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Apr 07 2007

Holy Week: Saturday

Holy Saturday

At the Easter Vigil of Holy Saturday, the mystery of salvation in the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated. The lights of the church are dim until the reading of Isaiah 60, when they are suddenly turned on. Already, in the dramatic candle lighting ceremony of Jrakalouytz, the joy of Easter Eve has begun.

The Reading of the 12 Lessons:

* Genesis 1:1-3,24
* Genesis 22:1-18
* Exodus 12:1-24
* Jonah 1:1-4,11
* Exodus 14:24-15:2
* Isaiah 60:1-13
* Job 38:1-30
* IV Kings 2:1-22
* Joshua 1:1-9
* Jeremiah 31:31-34
* Ezekie1 37:1-14
* Danie1 3:1-90

This last reading of Daniel is read by a chorus leader and three other readers who represent the three young men who were thrown in the fire but were not burned, symbolizing the entombment of Jesus who, although buried, did not see corruption.

The Resurrection chant is sung:

“Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem. Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia! Come ye people, sing unto the Lord. Alleluia! To Him that is risen from the dead, Alleluia! To Him that enlightened the world, Alleluia!”

Today’s Prayer

And now, engulfed, entranced and overwhelmed
by the magnitude, multitude and frequency
of your gifts that overflow infinitely with abundant,
undiminishing plenty, on the left and right,
to the front and back,
I approach to offer again, great God, a testament in praise of the true faith,
for although at times
I was ensnared and lured away
and expelled from Paradise
by heretical doctrines, devices of the Deceiver,
now by this true doctrine in upright purity,
as a token of true grace
again on wings of light
I ascend in pursuit of heaven.
And as I was conceived and born in the
womb of the Church,
with pangs of spiritual labor,
remembering the profession of faith
and the doctrine of the Holy Trinity,
I now should address the great
and favored immaculate queen,
true maiden of all virgins, my glorious mother,
worthy of praise, so she may be known
and proclaimed and the extent of her venerable glory might be told to the nations in the future,
worthy of honor
and reverence as a pure body
headed by the incarnate Word of God.

Today’s Scripture (Reading)

Matthew 27:62-66
I Corinthians 15:1-11
Matthew 28:1-20

Daily Prayer and Scripture taken from the Armenian Church website

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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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