Christ the Bridegroom

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Christ The Bridegroom is the icon and service central to the celebration of The Service of the Bridegroom during Holy Week. The Bridegroom has been known as "O Nymphios" in Greek.


The first three evenings of Holy Week, the church chants an Orthoros service which is called the Service of the Bridegroom. The name of the service was derived from the Parable of the Ten Virgins found in the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.


The Bridegroom 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.

Service 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 ...