Friday, May 3, 2013

The Tomb of God

Today we direct our attention to the death and burial of Jesus Christ. Here the faithful observe the extreme humility and suffering of God. One of the most famous hymns chanted during Holy Week entails, laconically, the whole story of the Passion of Christ:
Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross. He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns. He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He who in Jordan set Adam free receives blows upon His face. The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced with a spear. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. Show us also Thy glorious Resurrection. (Fifteenth Antiphon)
The Bridegroom, Jesus, is placed in the Tomb, the Epitafios, which every Orthodox Church decorates in a beautiful way. Here are a number of Tombs from different Greek Orthodox Churches in London.

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of All Saints

 The Chapel of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain

 St. Panteleimon and St. Paraskevi Church

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