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Ahram Online speaks to Bishop Angaelos about Good Friday

From the interview,

Ahram Online spoke to Bishop Angaelos, the general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, on Coptic Good Friday commemoration services and how different churches around the world mark the event.

“During the day, we read all of the four gospels step by step throughout the day. Then at the end of the day we have a symbolic burial of the icon of Christ in rose pedals, using the embalming spices they used,” explained Angaelos. He added that the icon of Christ is buried in the altar and left until it is raised againt Saturday night, symbolically signalling the resurrection.

“We commemorate it historically because it is a significant part of our faith,” says Angaelos.

The full interview and article can be found here: http://english. ahram. org.eg/News/99 323.aspx

 Model of Jesus’ Cross in front of the alter of Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in El-Quba district, Cairo as a symbol of Crucifixion in Good Friday, April 18, 2014 (Photo: Sherry El-Gergawi)
Model of Jesus’ Cross in front of the alter of Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in El-Quba district, Cairo as a symbol of Crucifixion in Good Friday, April 18, 2014 (Photo: Sherry El-Gergawi)
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