In the Quolo of vespers for the Saturday of Holy Week after the Sedro, it is described the shout of David: “Death entered into sheol carrying the body of Messiah, who had succumbed to death. Seeing Him from far away, David shouted; “Doors, lift up your heads, Gates of ancient times, be lifted up. May the King of glory enter”. As an antiphon to this shout, the sheol asked; “Who is the King of glory?” (cf. Ps 24:1ff)
Why did the King of glory enter into sheol? What did He do there? Fathers answered this question with a lot of interest and fervor. The Holy Spirit inspired by the fathers to cry aloud time and again that the King of glory plundered the sheol and emptied it to win souls that were therein from Adam onwards. What was the visible reasoning behind this thought? The fathers looked into the Gospels to read that at the moment Jesus breathed His last, “the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.” (Mt 27: 51-53) Unless the sheol was plundered this would not have happened, the fathers concluded. Therefore, ‘this was the day that the Lord had made’ (Ps 118:24) for them. This was the new daylight that removed the old darkness. This was the new dawn, which trampled and killed the killer of Adam, namely, the death. This day has given hope and salvation to many and this light has untied and freed the bonded humans to death. This was the day on which the Gospel of life was preached in the tombs and therefore, let us rejoice and be glad on this day! This is the very understanding we get from the Sedro of Kyomtho, Easter, for the vespers.
The prayer for Easter-eve heralds a very similar concept, namely, ‘Today, we say along with the Apostle, who spoke divine things; “We were dead yesterday along with Him, but today we are alive with Him. We were buried yesterday along with Him, but today we are raised along with Him (cf. Col 3:1). The God, who died in flesh, is what we need. We died and buried with Him to resurrect with Him. Therefore, Father, grand us the glory too with Him on the day of judgment’”. This is the understanding of baptism too, for St. Paul proclaims that when one goes down into the water at baptism, that person takes part in
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