On Any Given Saturday Night

The Orthodox Church invites you to make a journey with her, passing through salvation history in order to re-enter into communion with God’s love and by retracing the long way already trodden, to live again the sacred events of our salvation. In the Orthodox Church, the liturgical day begins in the evening with the setting of the sun. This practice follows the biblical account of creation: “And there was evening and there was morning, one day” (Genesis 1:5). Great Vespers, the first service of worship for “a new day,” leads us through the Old Testament to the New. In Great Vespers we pass from the day to the dark of night to the light of the Holy Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is prayerful and beautiful. Included in this service is a song called “O Gladsome Light.”

This ancient hymn (used by Christians even before the canon of the New Testament!) extols Christ as the first ray of the New Testament Light. It reminds us that the light of the sun — the created light — is inadequate when compared to the Divine, Uncreated Light which is Christ. From this point in the service, Vespers becomes more and more oriented towards the Saviour and salvation. Through Christ, the captivity of the soul has come to and end — the darkness is dispersed by the Light of Christ.

So, what are doing this Saturday at 5 p.m.? (http://www.saintig.org to find directions)


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