The Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ starts on the eve and continues after midnight.
On Holy Saturday, in the evening, the Vigil Office of the Lighting of Lamps (Jrakalooyts) commences at sundown, the entry into Easter Sunday.
During this service of scripture lessons, the faithful hear the prophecies proudly heralding Christ’s Resurrection. The crossing of the Israelites through the Red Sea, the taking up of Elijah in the Chariot of Fire, the story of Jonah the Prophet and the salvation of the Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace are all among those readings which foreshadow mankind’s salvation, the victory over death and the destruction of hell brought about by Christ’s Resurrection.
The vigil readings give way immediately into the Vigil Divine Liturgy, the first to be celebrated in triumphant commemoration of Jesus’ Resurrection from among the dead.
Following the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the assembled faithful welcome each other on the occasion of the Glorious Resurrection of Christ conveying the great tiding: “Christ is Risen from the dead” and receive the answer: “Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ.” The faithful take lit candles home, symbolising the Light that Christ brought into the world.