Saturday, April 23, 2011

Epitafios

Today we celebrated the burial of Jesus Christ. A tradition within the Orthodox Church is the Epitafio, which is decorated with many beautiful flowers and which symbolises His Tomb. His body will remain in the Tomb until His resurrection, on Easter day.
The pictures here are from three different Greek Orthodox Churches in London and show how there have different shapes, colours but the Epitafios is still a symbol of Jesus' Tomb. Normally, if the weather is good enough, the believers take the Epitafios around the Church, i.e. a Litany. This was the case at the Church of All Saints, where we took the Epitafios and followed it around the church, halting all traffic. This was a great example of how Christianity persists and prevails in an ongoing secular society which cannot tell the difference between tolerance and persecution (especially against Christianity). 



All Saints Cathedral, Camden Town


Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Michael, Golders Green


St. Panteleimon Church, Harrow

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