Holy And Great Saturday and the Annunciation Celebrated Together 2018!

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.

Annunciation and Holy Great Saturday meet in 2018. The Royal doors with the Annunciation and the Shroud in the foreground caught the convergence of the Feast. The parish church is St John´s in Kennewick, Washington. Photos prop of OrthoNW all rights reserved.

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.

Annunciation of Our Lady. Ancient icons of Jesus Christ

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)

Mary says to God’s people:

‘Come, all you who have discernment,

vocal advocates of the Spirit,

prophets who beheld hidden things in your true visions;

you farmers who sowed seed, and slept in hope,

rise up and rejoice at the harvest.

Look: in my arms I clasp the wheat-sheaf of life

that provides bread for the hungry,

that feeds the needy. Rejoice with me,

for I carry the sheaf full of joys.’

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Blessed are you, O Mary, daughter of the poor,

who became Mother of the Lord of kings.

In your womb he has dwelt

of whose praise the heavens are full.



Blessed be your breast, which has nourished him with love,

your mouth which has lulled him

and your arms which have held him.

You have become a vehicle to bear a God of fire!

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Blessed are you, O Mary, 

you have become the home of the king.

In you, he who has power has taken abode,

he who rules the world.

You came from the tribe of Judah;

You descended from the family of David.

Illustrious is your lineage.

For you, though remaining virgin,

have become the mother of the Son of David.

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

Live and archived services from this special combined Feast can be found at   St John the Baptist´s Cathedral in Washington DC  and at  from the Holy Land Orthodox Church in Beit Jala.

Being the Annunciation it is also the Anniversary of Greek Independence.  Wishing all of our Greek Readers Many Years!

About editorOrthodoxNorthwest

An Orthodox Christian, whose interests also include, GO, Square Dancing, hiking, exploring, swimming, kayaking, cooking, history, board games. I am the Editor of OrthodoxNorthwest which I hope benefits readers in the NW. I do post Romanian, Greek and Slavic info but I cannot read any of them - hey, I am an American. Would appreciate hearing from readers of the blog. Χριστός Ανέστη! (Anthony) editorOrthodoxNorthwest@gmail.com
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