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Vespers of Apokathilosis.


On Holy Friday afternoon, we gather in Church for the Vespers called The Service of the Descent from the Cross. During this service, various hymns are chanted about Jesus’ death. Various Bible readings are read, which discuss the suffering and death of Jesus. Towards the conclusion of the Gospel reading, the Bishop or Priest, acting as Joseph of Arimathea, takes down the Body of Christ off the Cross. After this, the Bishop or Priest takes out the Shroud (an icon depicting Jesus being taken down off the Cross) and put it into the grave of Christ (which is decorated with various flowers). After the service is over, the people will come and venerate the Shroud.

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Earlier Event: April 26
Royal Hours.
Later Event: April 26
Matins of Lamentations.