April 30, 2016
New York City: Burial Rite of the Savior served in Synodal Cathedral
for Great Friday precedes Matins for Great Saturday, during which
the Church commemorates the Burial of the Lord Jesus Christ, when
the Savior’s Body was taken down from the Cross and placed in a new
tomb. The touching singing of the cathedral clergy and the Synodal
Choir lent the service a truly prayerful tone.
evening in the Synodal Cathedral, Metropolitan Hilarion led Matins
and the procession with the Shroud, symbolizing the Burial of the
Savior. Already here, after the burial of the tortured and murdered
Lord, His Resurrection is anticipated, and after the procession, the
Prophecy of Ezekiel concerning the common resurrection is read,
followed by triumphal singing and the reading of the Gospel.
Over the course of these three partial days, in commemoration of the
three days that Jesus Christ spent in the tomb, the Shroud will
remain in the center of the church for veneration by the faithful.
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese