The Third Sunday of Holy and Glorious Pascha commemorates The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women.
The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women were the first to learn that Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.
Early on the third day, the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women went to the tomb of Jesus Christ to finish preparing His Body for burial.
According to Jewish burial custom, a body is annointed with spices before its burial.
According to Jewish law, a body can not be prepared for burial (wrapped and annointed) on the Sabbath and can not be buried on the Sabbath. (The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday and ends just before sunset on Saturday.)
When the Body of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ was taken down from the cross, the time was late on Friday on which the Sabbath began. It was almost sunset, it was almost the Sabbath. Then, the Body of Jesus Christ was very quickly and minimally prepared for burial (wrapped, not annointed) and was very quickly placed in an above ground rock-hewn tomb. (The Body of Jesus Christ was not placed in a coffin in the ground.)
At the first daylight after the Sabbath (early Sunday morning), the Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women went to the tomb ofOur Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to finish preparing His Body for burial, to annoint his body.
At St.Catherine’s Church this day was served Divine Liturgy. Archpriest Christopher Hill led the service, he was joined by Archpriest Valentin Vasechko and Archpriest Nikolay Shibalkov.
After the augmented litany was delivered a pray for peace on Ukraine.
On the coffee hour was opened an exhibition dedicated to churches and monasteries of Alaska and Pennsilvania (USA).
Pogorelsky Mikhail and Ekaterina Bulycheva have travelled a long way through North America to the East to capture the shots with the flying camera. They were blessed for piligrimage by His Grace David Bishop of Sitka and Alaska.