On This Great and Holy Saturday When Our Lord Rested Bodily in the Tomb, and descended into Hades and Defeated His Enemies; is also the Feast of the Annunciation to Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, by the Angel Gabriel. Wishing all Blessed Feast on this rare double Feast!
Troparion, Tone 2: The Noble Joseph, / taking
Thy most pure body down from the Tree / and
having wrapped it in pure linen and spices, //
laid it in a new tomb.
1sh Hour and 6th Hour
Kontakion, Tone 6: He that shut up the abyss is
seen as one dead, and like a mortal, the
Immortal One is wrapped in linen and myrrh,
and placed in a grave. And women came to
anoint Him, weeping bitterly and crying out:
This is the most blessed Sabbath day wherein
Christ, having slept, shall arise on the third day
Tone 8: Today hell groans and cries aloud / ‘It
had been better for me, had I not accepted
Mary’s Son / for He has come to me and
destroyed my power; / He has shattered the
gates of brass, / and as God He has raised up
the souls that once I held.’ // Glory to Thy
Cross, O Lord, and to Thy Resurrection.
Gabriel the Archangel was sent from heaven to announce to the Virgin the glad tidings of her conceiving; and coming to
Nazareth he pondered in amazement on this wonder. “O how shall He who dwelleth in the heights, Whom none can
comprehend, be born of a Virgin? How shall He Whose throne is heaven and Whose footstool is the earth be held in the
womb of a woman? He upon Whom the six-winged seraphim and the many-eyed cherubim cannot gaze has been pleased
at a single word to be made flesh of this His creature. It is the Word of God Who dwells within her. Why then do I stand
here, and not say to the Maiden: ‘Hail, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Hail, O pure Virgin; hail, Bride
unwedded. Hail, Mother of Life: blessed is the Fruit of thy womb.” (From the Vigil)
Blessed are you, O maiden,
who have borne the lion cub spoken of by Jacob.
He humbled himself and became a lamb,
destined to ascend the Cross to deliver us.
He prefigured you, the tree,
which providing the kid, spared the life of Isaac.
Blessed are you, O blessed one, since through you
the curse of Eve has been destroyed.
From you has come the light
which has destroyed the reign of darkness.
Saint Ephrem the Syrian
Doctor of the Church
4th century AD
Being the Annunciation it is also the Anniversary of Greek Independence. Wishing all of our Greek Readers Many Years!