April 21 Orthodox believers celebrate Good Friday, the most sorrowful day of the church calendar, when it is traditionally used to remember crucifixion and death of the Saviour.

That day of the Passion Week the fast becomes especially strict (according to church canons it is prohibited to eat nothing but bread and water).

On Good Friday believers worship the shroud of Christ, placed in the middle of a temple and surrounded by white flowers. The worship lasts two days till the late Saturday’s evening, and several minutes before Easter religious procession the shroud is placed back into a chancel.

During the matins of Good Friday a priest reads 12 passages from the Gospel, which narrate about the Passion. At three o’clock p.m. the evensong is served, during which the believers share Christ’s death.


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