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The text of the Holy Saturday Matins is deeply moving and poetic, with very dramatic hymns. It is performed late at 6 a.m. Saturday.

An English translation is provided here, kindly translated by nuns of The Community of Holy Myrrhbearers in  New York.

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Today, Orthodox churches recapitulate four major events prior to Christ’s Crucifixion; the Last Supper, the Foot-Washing of the Apostles by Christ, the Agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Betrayal of Jesus. The icon below conveys all four events:

The service on Holy Thursday evening incorporates twelve Gospel readings covering these events. The service is deeply moving and dramatic.

An English translation of the Holy Friday Matins, performed on Thursday night, is provided here , courtesy of nuns of the Community of Myrrhbearers of New York.

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