Holy Feast of Pascha
The Priest at the Principle doors of the Church
This Feastday is the most important in the entire Church calendar. We remember that it is this day that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ brought us “from death to life and from the earth to Heaven” (1st Katavasia of Easter). His conquering death and the Devil gives all of humanity the chance to becomes citizens of His eternal Kingdom. We rejoice in the Resurrection, and always remember the love of God present in our lives on this feastday.
At 11:00, the Nocturn service begins. The Choir sings the Canon, and at the Ninth Ode, "Do Not Lament Me O Mother", the Priest censes the shroud three times, and at the point in the ode, "For I Shall Arise", the Holy Shroud is processesd to the altar where it will remain untill Holy Assension. At this point the nocturns ends, and the entire church is in darkness.
At the immediate 12:00 the clergy in the altar begin the song, "Thy Ressurection", and at the Third time, all exit the altar and light the people's candles. The clergy exit the church and process three times. At the end of the third, all gather at the closed doors of the church, where "Christ is Risen" is sung for the first time by the priest.
All in the church enter and the matins of Pascha is sung. Everything is bright, and the Canons reflect the Bright Ressurection of Christ.