Apocalypse Night/ Bright Saturday/ Resurrection Liturgy

The Conclusion of Holy Week

Why Apocalypse night? What’s In It For Me (The WIFM factor)
• This is the night of victory. “He descended into Hades through the cross” Eph 4:8-10 When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men. Now this, “he ascended” –what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.

Why Apocalypse night? What’s In It For Me (The WIFM factor)
• Time to sit with Christ in heaven after he opened Paradise. • Time to think about what Christ has done for us on the cross and praise him for that. • Transition: from death to life, from pain to glory, from sin to eternal life through repentance, and finally from sadness to everlasting joy. • Heaven is open, so we read about it in detail. We look closely at it, with yearning, in the book of Revelation. • How does eternity look like? The answer is in this night. It is like a dream. You will get a taste of heaven.

I need to get out of my comfort zone to come and participate in this amazing night:
• Is it easy to come to church at 11:00 PM after spending the Good Friday in church, and lose your sleep? Absolutely NOT. • The devil will be very active at 10:30 PM trying to convince you to stay home. Before leaving Church on Good Friday, ask Good for help. • You will NEVER be disappointed!!!!! The best conclusion of the Week is Apocalypse.

• Revelation 3:21-22: “To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” This will be the theme of the night. • This night is a personal encounter with the Lord. No one can teach you how to enjoy and benefit from it unless you practice it YOURSELF.

Apocalypse Night & Bright Saturday

• Now you made to church, what will you find?  Praises, readings (OT, NT), and processions  First, third, and sixth hours of Saturday  The Apocalypse  The Liturgy of Bright Saturday

• Psalm 151 – I was small among my brethren and youngest in my father’s house. I tended my Father’s sheep. – He sent forth His angel, and took me from my Father’s sheep, and He anointed me with the oil of His anointing. – My brothers were handsome and tall but the Lord delighted not in them. – I went out to meet the Palestinian, and he cursed me by his idols. – But I withdrew his own sword that was in his hand and beheaded him and removed the reproach from the children of Israel: Alleluia

• The congregation responds by a procession and the exposition of the 2nd Praise (Hous): “Let us give thanks to Christ our God with David the Prophet and Psalmist”.

• A large number of biblical praises and stories. The General Theme is: Death leading to life Pain to Glory repentance to eternal life. • Examples – Moses (the first Hous) – Hannah (mother of Samuel) – Jonah – Hezekiah the King – Manasseh – The Three Saintly Youths (the third Hous) – Story of Susanna (page 549)!!!

• First, third, and sixth hour of Saturday similar to regular Pascha (prophesy, Homily, Pauline Epistle, Psalm, Gospel, exposition) – Notice the transition is the tune. – Readings focus on preparations for resurrection.

THE APOCALYPSE
The church takes us to the joy and glory of the resurrection and post-resurrection through the Book of Revelation. • The church keeps us awake by the various songs and responses, the oil/candles, the incense, etc. • This is a great way for us to experience heaven. Don’t let Satan put you to sleep, but fight to stay awake and enjoy the book. • The last chapters are the most beautiful, talking about the heavenly Jerusalem as a bride prepared for her groom (us).

The Liturgy of Bright Saturday
What is different about this liturgy? Transitional tunes Readings: preparing for resurrection Psalm – Page 609 I laid down and slept; I awoke for the Lord will help me. You, O Lord, are my helper: my glory and the One that lifts up my head…Arise, O God Judge the earth; for you shall inherit all nations. No prayer of reconciliation

EASTER

The Glorious Feast of Resurrection The Resurrection Liturgy
• Now you made it that far, you are here to experience the ultimate joy and power of resurrection! You have located the Treasure. • What’s In It For Me: Everything
– If Christ be not risen, then our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain (1Cor 15:14). – And if Christ is not risen, your faith is vain, you are still in your sins (1Cor 15:17).

The Glorious Feast of Resurrection The Resurrection Liturgy

• What is special about this Liturgy? The readings The Enactment (What does it mean?) The Procession and hymns

The Easter Enactment

Psalm 23
• Lift up your gates, you princes, and be lifted up, you everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in. • Who is the King of Glory? • The Lord, who is strong and mighty, the Lord, who is mighty in war. He is the King of Glory.

CONCLUSION

EAT HEALTHY & MODERATELY

CONCLUSION

WE HAVE A TREASURE PLEASE, DON’T LOSE IT; BUT, USE IT. ENJOY IT