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Synaxarion for Holy and Great Saturday



30 April, Holy Saturday:

  • 9:30am – Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
  • 3pm – First Confession

1 May, Pascha – Resurrection of Jesus Christ:

  • 6am – Midnight Nocturns
  • 6:30am – Procession and Matins
  • 8am – Divine Liturgy
  • 9:30am – Blessing of food baskets and  Breakfast

2 May, Bright Monday:

  • 9am – Divine Liturgy
  • 1pm – Funeral of Nick Dudik

3 May, Bright Tuesday:

  • 9am – Divine Liturgy

Synaxarion for Holy and Great Saturday

Of all the days the Holy and Great Forty Day Fast is the most distinguished, but more than the Holy Forty Day Fast the Holy and Great Passion Week is exalted, and more than the days of Holy Week Great and Holy Saturday is the most exalted. This week is called great not because these days or hours are more exalted but because the great, portentous and extraordinary deeds of our Savior were accomplished during this week, but especially on this day.

Yet, as during the first creation of the world God created all creation in six days and on the sixth day he created the final and entirely perfect creature, Man, and then on the seventh he rested from all His work, thus sanctifying this day, calling it the Sabbath Day, which means rest. Thus He sanctified the workmanship of the intelligible world, all wonderfully done (the action of redemption), and on the sixth day (Friday) "refashioning" the corrupted man and renewing him through His life-bearing Cross and death. The Lord really rested again on the seventh day with the complete rest from His works, having reposed in a way that is life-producing and saving for our nature. Therefore God the Word descended into the tomb in the flesh and descended into Hades with His immortal and divine soul, which was separated from the body after death. He delivered His soul into the hands of the Father. He freely offered His own blood in order to bring about our deliverance.

But the soul of the Lord was not held captive in Hades as were the souls of the other holy ones. Why? Because He never participated in the curse of the Forefather as those did. Our enemy the devil did not even touch the blood by which we are redeemed even though he owned us as much as he could, and did not the devil like a predator seize the One sent from God, but God Himself? However, our Lord Jesus Christ was bodily placed in the tomb with His Divinity which was completely united with the flesh, but He was also in paradise with the thief and, as it is told, in Hades with His deifying soul, supernaturally co-presiding with the Father and the Holy Spirit, He was everywhere as the uncircumscribed God, and the Divinity did not suffer at all neither in the tomb nor on the cross. The Lord's body was tested and the corruption, i.e. the separation of the soul from the body, did not destroy the flesh and corrode its members.

In Thy ineffable condescension, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Hymns from the Services of Holy Saturday

Joseph with Nicodemus took Thee down from the Tree, who deckest Thyself with light as with a garment; and looking upon Thee dead, stripped, and without burial, in his grief and tender compassion he lamented, saying: “Woe is me, my sweetest Jesus! When but a little while ago the sun saw Thee hanging on the Cross, it wrapped itself in darkness: the earth quaked with fear and the veil of the temple was rent in twain. And now I see Thee for my sake submitting of Thine own will to death. How shall I bury Thee, my God? How shall I wrap Thee in a winding sheet? How shall I touch Thy most pure body with my hands? What song at Thy departure shall I sing to Thee, O compassionate Saviou? I magnify Thy sufferings; I sing the praises of Thy burial and Thy Resurrection, crying: O Lord, glory to Thee”.

Sticheron from Friday Vespers

Noble Joseph, taking down Thy most pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in clean linen with sweet spices, and he laid it in a new tomb.

Going down to death, O Life immortal, Thou hast slain hell with the dazzling light of Thy divinity. And When Thou has raised up the dead from their dwelling place beneath the earth, all the powers of heaven cried aloud: “Giver of Life, O Christ our God, glory to Thee.”

The Angel stood by the tomb, and to the women bearing spices he cried aloud: “Myrrh is fitting for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption.

Troparia (Tone 2)

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Saint John Climacus (The Ladder)

The symbolic ascent to heaven is customarily portrayed by the flight skyward with angelic wings; one of our saints, however, depicts the ascension by the more practical use of a ladder. This symbolic ladder is to be scaled in a series of spiritual rungs where increasingly more exertion is required in order to see the Kingdom of God. The author of this approach was St. John of the Ladder who was one of the greatest writers in Christianity. “The Ladder of Perfection” is a treatise on spiritual exercises and actions, which present in a brilliant and scholarly fashion and approach to the throne of Heaven.


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→ Enter to Worship † Exit to Serve →

Visit of Metropolitan AntonyOn June 7th, 2015 in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Parish, Johnson City NY – a fresh and sunny morning – many events took place that have enriched the Parish Family. During the sermon Metropolitan Antony shared what he read daily on signs on the driveway of one of the local churches of Hammond, IN where he served before his consecration: “Enter to worship” at the entrance and on the exit sign - “Exit to serve”. The Metropolitan compared the message there to the first Christians were very conscious of gathering together for prayerful service and then scattering for missionary work. This makes great imagery example for our parish as well.

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Sermon by Metropolitan Antony

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Pentecost Divine Liturgy

Holy Trinity Icon Listen to the Divine Liturgy of Pentecost 2015 (May 31, 2015)

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In Memory of the "Nebesna Sotnya" - "The Heavenly Hundred"

Memorial for Nebesna SotniaIn Memory of the "Nebesna Sotnya" - "The Heavenly Hundred" - and the thousands that have lost their lives in the defense of Ukraine's Independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, during the past year. May their Memory Be Eternal - Vichnaya Pamyat - Heroes Never Die!

Вічна пам'ять героям "Небесної Сотні" та більше 6000 воїнів та громадян котрі загинули захищаючи незалежність України, її суверенітет та територію за минулий рік.

Герої не вмирають!

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