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Experience the Solemn Beauty of the Good Friday Epitaph Procession in Thessaloniki, Greece

Good Friday is an important day in the Greek Orthodox calendar, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Once more on April 14 2023, in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, many churches hold a procession of the Epitaphios (a decorated bier representing the body of Christ) on the evening of Good Friday.

One of the most notable churches in Thessaloniki is the Agios Minas church in the city center. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike to witness the Good Friday Epitaph procession. The procession typically starts in the evening and involves the faithful carrying the decorated Epitaphios through the streets of the city, accompanied by solemn music and prayers.

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The procession ends back at the church, where the faithful gather to pay their respects to the Epitaphios before it is placed inside the church for the night. This is followed by a period of mourning and reflection as the faithful prepare for the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.

The Good Friday Epitaph procession is a deeply moving and solemn event, with a powerful sense of reverence and devotion from the participants. The Epitaphios itself is usually adorned with flowers and candles, and is carried on the shoulders of the faithful as they make their way through the streets of Thessaloniki. Along the way, people will often throw flowers or rose petals onto the Epitaphios as a sign of their respect and devotion.

In addition to the Epitaphios, the procession also includes a number of other religious symbols, such as the cross and the icon of the Virgin Mary. These are carried by members of the clergy, who lead the procession along with the faithful. As the procession moves through the streets, people will often stop and watch, or even join in, as a sign of their own faith and devotion.

The Good Friday Epitaph procession is just one of many religious events that take place in Thessaloniki throughout the year. As a city with a rich history and strong cultural traditions, Thessaloniki is a popular destination for those interested in exploring Greek Orthodox customs and traditions. Whether you are a believer or simply curious about the customs of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Good Friday Epitaph procession in Thessaloniki is a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

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Watch past epitaph commemorations from Thessaloniki, Greece here:

2018: https://youtu.be/HSh8W3EwBqU

2017: https://youtu.be/9Q6AyARpWXI

2016: https://youtu.be/22KgrNoWuTg

2015: https://youtu.be/01HGPnEuN4M

Also watch “Ouranoupolis to Mount Athos Chalkidiki: A guide to Agion Oros


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