Great Saturday Lamentations in different languages





Here are some of the lamentations of Great Saturday, giving you a chance to compare Eastern with Western in the world of Holy Week grief. This are sung on Great and Holy Friday at the afternoon burial service. In the Eastern liturgies, the richness of the poetry predominates. The only time one really sees this in the West is with the Impropria on Good Friday into which the Trisagion is inserted in Greek between stanzas.

Actually, today is Lazarus Saturday on the Orthodox calendar with Palm Sunday coming tomorrow. But everyone needs a little poetry on this great sabbath.

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