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Orthodox Epitaphio


Easter in the Orthodox Church is celebrated April 15, 2012, one week after the Western denominations. Unlike the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Christian sects, Orthodox custom celebrates even Good Friday with flowers. An epitaphio, a small replica of Christ’s tomb, is made of flowers, and inside the Bible or religious icons are presented for believers to adore.

Here’s a slideshow of Orthodox Easter rites across Europe and the Middle East. And here’s an article about the epitaphio custom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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An Orthodox worshipper in Thessaloniki, Greece, enters the epitaphipo touches her head on the Bible which has been decorated with flower petals on Good Friday, April 13, 2012

Photo: Nikolas Giakoumidis, for AP




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