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April 30, 2016

through the dispensation of death in the flesh He rested

Orthodox hymns and prayers from Holy Saturday Morning (with the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil and the “Leading out” from Hades):

…Today Hades cried out groaning: Would that I had not received Him Who was born of Mary, for He came to me and broke my power; He shattered the gates of brass, and as God He raised up the souls which I had previously held. Glory to Your Cross, O Lord, and to Your resurrection.

…Today Hades cried out groaning: My authority has been broken down; I received a mortal, as one of the mortals; but I did not prevail against this One; I perish with Him and with those I had previously ruled. From eternity I had held the dead, but behold, He raises up all. Glory to Your Cross, O Lord, and to Your resurrection.

…Today Hades cried out groaning: My power has been trampled upon; the Shepherd has been crucified, and He raised up Adam; I have been deprived of those over whom I ruled, and I have disgorged all those whom I swallowed in my strength. He Who was crucified has cleared the tombs, and the power of death does not prevail. Glory to Your Cross, O Lord, and to Your resurrection.

…The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day, saying: And God blessed the seventh day. This is the blessed Sabbath; it is the day of rest, and on it the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. And, through the dispensation of death in the flesh, He rested. On this day He returned again through the resurrection, and as a righteous and merciful Lord He has bestowed eternal life upon us.

…Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and stand in fear and trembling, giving no thought to things of the earth. For the King of kings and the Lord of lords comes forth to be sacrificed, and given as Food to the faithful. Before Him go the choirs of Angels, with all the Principalities and Powers….

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