→Service of the Bridegroom
== Service of the Bridegroom ==
The '''Service of the Bridegroom''' is an [[Orthros]] type service specific to the first three evenings of [[Holy Week]] and commemorates the last days in the earthly life of our Lord. They were sorrowful days because the purpose of the evil was to dispose of Jesus and rid His message for ever. The icon of Christ the Bridegroom is brought into the church wearing a crown of thorns and it remains in the church until Holy Thursday. In the services we read and chant hymns telling us about the beginning of the passion and anticipate His crucifixion and resurrection (or “Marriage” to the “Church”) – releasing of the passage from death to life. Each Bridegroom service has its own particular theme.
=== Palm Sunday evening ===