Great and Holy Friday, Mεγάλη Παρασκενή
Service of the Lamentations, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Επιταφιος Θρήνος τα Εγκώμια
Holy Friday evening breaks forth with resounding themes of joy
celebrating the victory of life over death. “Hades ruled the race
of humanity but not forever; for You, O Mighty One, when You
were placed in the grave, shattered the locks of death with Your
life-giving hand, proclaiming true redemption, and having become,
O Savior, the first-born of the dead.” Although the
“Lamentations” signify the singing of sorrowful dirges at the
tomb of Christ, nevertheless they are chanted triumphantly as befits
the theme of invincible life victorious in Christ. During this
service, as in the case of the Apokathelosis, another procession
takes place symbolizing the burial of Jesus.
But hope in the power of life reigns supreme: “You have laid
down like a lion to sleep. Who will (dare) raise You up, O King?
(But) of Your own will and power rise up, You who willingly
gave Yourself for us. O Lord, glory to You.” In beauty and theology
the Holy Friday evening service is richly instructive and unforgettably
By Father Stylianopoulos