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Suspension of Services

Dear faithful,

Glory to Jesus Christ! It is with sorrow that I have to announce the temporary suspension of liturgical services at St. Mary’s. This afternoon, Gwinnett County announced a “stay at home” order that goes into effect at 12:01 on March 28th, and runs through April 13th unless it is extended, or rescinded.

Great and Holy Saturday

The Epitaphios

On this day we celebrate the burial of Christ and His descent into Hades.  At Matins, usually held on Friday evening, the service begins with the 'Praises' (Ed. note - also called Lamentations) sung before the Epitaphion in the center of the church.  The predominant note at this service is not so much one of mourning as of watchful expectation.  For the time being God observes a Sabbath rest in the tomb, but we look forward to the moment when He will rise again, bringing new life and recreating the world:

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