Holy Saturday

We start Holy Saturday with Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great. The Entrance is made with the Gospel book since there is a Gospel reading during this service. 

Immediately after the Entrance, there are 15 Old Testament readings.  In our parish we have the young people read them.  Other parishes have people sign up to read.  I once signed up at a previous parish and for some reason the person in charge did not want me to read, but he was overruled by the pastor.  So he assigned me the Book of Jonah, the longest one.  That was not a problem since I was still young then.

Right after the reading of the Epistle, we switch from dark to light vestments.  My black velvet sticharion was made by Mrs. Olga Polivanov of blessed memory in 1983.  She was a member of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington DC and she made several sets of vestments for me and for that parish.   A member of the parish paid for the orarion and cuffs.
 

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The Great Litany is done in front of the Shroud.

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Censing during "Lord, I Call," still in Vespers

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Entrance with the Gospel

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