Christ Is Risen!! ~~~ Indeed He Is Risen!! Christos Voskrese!! ~~~ Voistinu Voskrese!!
Prior to the final blessing at Holy Saturday’s Resurrection Matins, we processed downstairs to our hall where Fr. Bruce blessed our Easter food baskets and all who attended the service.
When your body was in the tomb, and your soul in Hades, when you were in paradise with the thief, you were at the same time, O Christ, as God upon the throne, with the Father and the Spirit, infinite and filling all things.
At the beginning of the Saturday Vigil and Sunday Liturgies, palms and pussy willows were blessed and distributed to hold during the services. Numerous times during the propers of the Liturgy reference is made to “palms and branches in hand”.