Qyomto - Ressurection
- Easter Sunday (qyomto) is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ.
During the evening prayer of Easter Eve (i.e., on Saturday evening), all the
dark colored cloth used in the sanctuary during the Passion Week are removed
and replaced with white and colorful cloth.
The celebrant, with the rest of the clergy, enters into the sanctuary and
conducts silently the Order of Resurrection behind the altar where the Cross
is buried on Good Friday.
At the conclusion of the silent prayers, the celebrant takes the buried
cross from the altar. The burial wrappings are removed at the altar, the
cross is washed with rose water and decorated with a red silk scarf as
prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah, "Who is this that comes from Edom with
crimson garments?" (Is. 63:1). The celebrant then holds the cross high and
says in a loud voice, "My brethren, I bring you new glad tidings; Christ has
risen from the tomb and has struck His enemies behind Him." The congregation
responds saying "We believe and confess that He was indeed risen."
The cross is then placed on a stand in front of the sanctuary with two lit
candles, one on each side. Following this, the clergy resume the morning
(saphro) canonical prayers.
During the Holy Qurbono (Eucharist), a procession takes place followed by a
Zuyoho service. The following hymn, among others, is sung during the
The Almighty rose from the tomb
With a great power.
The prophet met Him and marveled at Him.
He [the prophet] drew near and asked Him:
"What happened to You, my Lord?
Why are Your garments red?
Your side and hands pierced?" [Isaiah 63:2]
"I have mightily trodden the winepress in Sheol.
I have fought the fight alone and was splashed with blood." [Isaiah 63:3]
Hallelujah, "I rose from the tomb."
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