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Christ the Bridegroom

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Service of the Bridegroom
== Service of the Bridegroom ==
The '''Service of the Bridegroom''' is an [[Orthros]] type a 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 Incorporated into these services is the purpose theme of the evil was to dispose first three days of Jesus and rid His message for ever. The icon of Christ the Bridegroom Holy Week; which is brought into the church wearing a crown last teachings of thorns and it remains in the church until Holy ThursdayChrist to his disciples. In the As such, these services we read incorporate readings and chant hymns telling us about the beginning inspiring this theme. The mood of the passion services is to experience sorrow and anticipate to feel Christ's voluntary submission to His crucifixion passions and resurrection (or “Marriage” highlight the purpose behind the evil that is about to take place against the “Church”Lord. The atmosphere is one of mourning (for our sins) – releasing and is symbolic of the passage from death to life. Each nightshame we should feel for the Fall of Adam and Eve, we sing the ''Hymn to depths of hell, the Bridegroom'' lost Paradise and the absence of God. The vestments of the Priest and the altar clothes are black or deep purple to symbolise and create enhance the atmosphere of mourning and remembrance of the great shame of the Fall of Adam and Eve, the depths of hell, the lost Paradise and the absence of Godour sins. The main emphasis of the ''Bridegroom Serve'' is ''[[metanoia]]'' and each service has its own particular themeon repentance and watchfullness.
=== Palm Sunday evening ===
At During the first service of , '''Palm Sunday''' evening, the priest carries the [[icon]] of ''Christ the Bridegroom in procession, and we '' into the church. We sing the ''"Hymn of the Bridegroom."'' We during this procession, and the icon is brought to the front of the church and remains there until Holy Thursday. In the icon, we behold our Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church, bearing the marks of His suffering, yet preparing the way for a marriage Feast for us in God's His Kingdom.:'''The Bridegroom He is dressed in the icon''':The icon depicts Jesus dressed according to the mockery of the Roman guards just prior to his crucifixion.
:*The crowns - The crown of thorns are a symbol of His marriage to the church.
:*The rope - the rope symbolise our sins. When we do not repent or confess our sins, we tie Christ's hands from being able to help us in our salvation.
:'''The Hymn of the Bridegroom'''
:''Behold, the Bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night, and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching; and again unworthy is he ...''
=== Holy Monday evening ===
On '''Holy Monday''', the Blessed Joseph, the son of Jacob the Patriarch, is commemorated because he is seen as a prototype of Christ.

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