Orthodox Christians celebrate Good Friday – the hardest day of the year


Good Friday is celebrated with holy liturgies and the offering of a bloodless sacrifice, with the reading of excerpts from the Gospels from the part that describes the week of suffering of the Son of God. The time of death and the taking down of Christ’s body from the cross in the Church is marked by an evening service and a special ritual of bringing out the shroud, on a specially decorated table in front of the altar that symbolizes the tomb of Christ.

Then the church is circled three times with the cover symbolizing Jesus’ burial accompanied by the sound of trumpets. The red coverlet, on which are embroidered images of the Lord’s suffering, stands before the altar and is kissed until the day of his resurrection.

According to Christian teaching, suffering precedes resurrection, and without suffering and death there is no resurrection.


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