'''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.
History ==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.
== Theology == == 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 ==At the first service of '''Palm Sunday''' evening, the priest carries the icon of Christ the Bridegroom in procession, and we sings the ''" hymn of the bridegroom."'' We behold Christ as the Bridegroom of the Church, bearing the marks of His suffering, yet preparing a marriage Feast for us in God's Kingdom.
Each of these Bridegroom Orthros services has a particular theme.
=== The Hymn of Kassiane ===
== 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 ...