Great and Holy Saturday

The Liturgy of St. Basil continues in this white and joyful light, revealing the Tomb of Christ as the Life-giving Tomb, introducing us into the ultimate reality of Christ’s Resurrection, communicating His life to us, the children of fallen Adam.

One can and must say that of all services of the Church that are inspiring, meaningful, revealing, this one — the Vespers and Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on the Great and Holy Saturday — is truly the liturgical climax of the Church. If one opens one’s heart and mind to it and accepts its meaning and its light, the very truth of Orthodoxy is given by it, the taste and the joy of that new life which shown forth from the grave.

The author

Father Alexander Schmemann, Great and Holy Saturday. Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. Prepared by Rev. Paul Lazar. Introduction by Rev. Alexander Schmemann. Department of Religious Education, New York, 1976

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