"Christ is risen from the dead, by death He conquered death, and to those in the graves He granted life." (Troparion of the Resurrection)
  Of all the great feasts in the Ecclesiastical Year the most ancient, celebrated and joyous is the resplendent feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. This festival, according to the Irmos of the eighth Ode of the Paschal canon of the Matins of the Resurrection is: "The King and Lord, the Feast of feasts, and Triumph of triumphs."

  "O Son of God, accept me today as a partaker of Your mystical Supper...

  (Prayer before Holy Communion)

  We prepare ourselves for the glorious feast of Christ's Resurrection with the holy Great Fast and conclude our spiritual preparation with the paschal or Easter Confession and Holy Communion.

  The Sacrament of Repentance requires a sincere review of our life in the form of an examination of conscience. The following is intended to help us make such an examination, which should be performed regularly, even when we are not preparing for Confession.

  Before participating in the Sacrament of Repentance, begin your examination with the period since your last confession. Try also to recall whether you omitted anything from fear or embarrassment which might need to be confessed.

  “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23).

"Noble Joseph took down Your most pure body from the tree,
wrapped it in a clean shroud,
covered it with spices and laid it in a new tomb. "
(Troparion of Holy or Great Friday)