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Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


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‘First Resurrection’, traditional Greek title of the ancient Paschal service of the Byzantine rite now celebrated on Great Sabbath, having been superseded as the main service of the Paschal Office by Matins of the Resurrection, based on the sacred poetry of john of damascus , and the Divine Liturgy. The First Resurrection service is a Vesper liturgy, the hymns of which focus on Christ's triumph over Hades and his liberation of the righteous dead, and on the Sabbath of the Old Law as prefiguring Great Sabbath. A series of fifteen Old Testament readings precedes the apostle and gospel: Genesis 1: 1–13; Isaias 60: 1–16; Exodus 12: 1–11; Jonah; Jesus of Nave 5: 10–15; Exodus 13: 20–2, 14: 1–31, 15: 1–19; Sophonias 3: 8–15; 3 Kingdoms 17: 8–24; Isaias 61:10–11, 62: 1–5; Genesis 22: 1–18; Isaias 61: 1–10; 4 Kingdoms 4: 8–37; Isaias 63: 11–19, 64: 1–5; Jeremias 31: 31–4; Daniel 3 and the Hymn of the Three Children. The apostle (Romans 6: 3–11) is followed by the singing of ‘Arise O God and judge the earth, for you shall have inheritance in all the nations’ together with its verses. While this is being sung, in many churches clergy put off the sombre vestments they have used so far and vest in Paschal gold or white. In Greek use the priest scatters laurel leaves about the altar and the church, and many congregations make a huge noise by banging the stalls to celebrate the collapse of the ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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