Morning Service—The Descent into Hades and Anticipation of the [[Resurrection]]—The [[Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great]]
The first service of Holy Saturday takes place in the morning and breaks the somber spell. Jesus' descent to Hades where He preached His message to the dead is celebrated. Those who believed in Him received eternal life and salvation. The heavy sorrow of [[
Good Friday]] begins to lift when the [[priest]], wearing bright vestments, chants, "Arise, O God, to the world," while sprinkling laurel leaves, bay leaves, and flower petals all over the church to symbolize the shattered gates and broken chains of hell. This is also to celebrate the triumph over death.