THE SERVICE OF THE SECOND RESURRECTION AT THE PATRIARCHATE
On the afternoon of Easter Day, March 26/April 7, 2018, the radiant and jubilant Service of the second Resurrection or Vespers of Love was celebrated at the Church of the Resurrection.
The 9th Hour of Easter was read at the Patriarchate Hall while the Patriarch, the Archbishops and the Priests were putting on their Paschal liturgical vestments. The choir leader of the Church of the Resurrection Archimandrite Aristovoulos and the left choir singer Mr. Constantinos Spyropoulos were singing the slow melodic Byzantine version of “Christ is risen”.
Then there was the official procession to the Church of the Resurrection with the entourage wearing their Episcopal and Priestly vestments, and the excited faithful on either side of the Christian way gave a warm welcome to the procession.
There was a special prayer at the Courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The Easter Vespers was held at the Catholicon, where the Gospel of love was read in various languages, indicating the Saviour’s love towards all peoples and the conveying of the gospel message to the whole world. This is the gospel narrative according to St. John, with the appearance of the Resurrected Christ to His disciples “when it was evening of that day, the first day of the week” and the “a week later…” when Thomas was with them.
After Vespers the Patriarchal Entourage returned to the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood Headquarters.