At the Resurrection Matins, there is a procession where the people walk around the church. This procession recalls the way the women went to the tomb. The people stop in front of the Church doors and listen to the priest announce “Christ is Risen!”
The church bells ring, and the priest and people sing, “Christ is Risen!”
The doors are opened, and the church is filled with light.
The Holy Shroud is on the Altar as a sign that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. The people walk into the church singing, “Christ is Risen!”
There are many changes in the church. The doors on the Icon Screen are open. They will remain open from Pascha until after Divine Liturgy on Bright Saturday. This is to remind us that He opened the gates of Heaven and granted us eternal life.
The priest blesses a special bread called the Artos. The Artos is Christ – the Bread of Life.
It will remain in the church all of Bright Week. It will be distributed on Thomas Sunday.
People greet each other with – “Christ is Risen!” And respond with – “Indeed He is Risen!”