Great and Holy Friday

Today is Great and Holy Friday for Christians on the Gregorian Calendar. Today, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified for the salvation of all mankind. He who created all is hung upon a cross by His creatures. Glory to your Passion, O Christ!

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung on the tree,The King of the angels is decked with a crown of thorns. He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face. The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the Cross with nails. The Son of the virgin is pierced by a spear.

We worship Thy passion, O Christ.
We worship Thy passion, O Christ.
We worship Thy passion, O Christ.
Show us also Thy glorious resurrection.

Come and let us bless Joseph of everlasting memory, who came to Pilate by night and begged for the Life of all: ‘Give me this stranger, who has no place to lay His head. Give me this stranger, whom His evil disciple delivered to death. Give me this stranger, whom His Mother saw hanging on the Cross, and with a mother’s sorrow she cried weeping: “Woe is me, my Child! Woe is me, Light of mine eyes and beloved fruit of my womb! For what Simeon foretold in the temple is come to pass today: a sword pierce my heart, but do Thou change my grief to gladness by Thy Ressurrection.”

We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ.
We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ.
We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ, and Thy Holy Resurrection

Troparion of the Veneration of the Epitaphios at Great Vespers

Forgive me and in your charity pray for me. May we all celebrate the upcoming Feast of Feasts in peace and repentance.

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