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GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY

 

"Holy Saturday is a neglected day in parish life. Few people attend the Services. Popular piety usually reduces Holy Week to one day—Holy Friday. This day is quickly replaced by another—Easter Sunday. Christ is dead and then suddenly alive. Great sorrow is suddenly replaced by great joy. In such a scheme Holy Saturday is lost.

In the understanding of the Church, sorrow is not replaced by joy; it is transformed into joy. This distinction indicates that it is precisely within death that Christ continues to effect triumph.

We sing that Christ is '...trampling down death by death' in the troparion of Easter. This phrase gives great meaning to Holy Saturday. Christ’s repose in the tomb is an 'active' repose. He comes in search of His fallen friend, Adam, who represents all men. Not finding him on earth, he descends to the realm of death, known as Hades in the Old Testament. There He finds him and brings him life once again. This is the victory: the dead are given life. The tomb is no longer a forsaken, lifeless place. By His death Christ tramples down death by death."

 

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We welcome all visitors and invite you to join us in worship and fellowship.  Please sign our guest book in the narthex of the church.  We hope the Lord blesses you through your visit to Saint Anthony the Great Orthodox Church.

We respectfully remind all visitors that Holy Communion is given only to Orthodox Christians in good standing with the Church who have prepared themselves through prayer, fasting, and confession.

Following Divine Liturgy, coffee and light refreshments are served in the attached Fellowship Hall.






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General  Schedule  of  Services

Wednesday  Daily Vespers, 7:00 pm

Saturday  Great Vespers, 6:00 pm  Confession following

Sunday

3rd & 6th Hours, 9:30 am

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 am

Church School, 11:15 am  September - May

 

On the Eve of Great Feasts (weekdays)  Great Vespers, 7:00 pm

On the Morning of Great Feasts (weekdays)  Divine Liturgy, 6:30 am

On the Morning of Great Feasts (Saturdays)  Divine Liturgy, 9:00 am

 

Wednesday Evenings during Great Lent  Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6:30 pm

 

Services are in English

 


 

St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church

103 Carolina

San Antonio, TX  78210

210.533.2492

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