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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.
== History Service of the Bridegroom ==The first three evenings of Holy Week, the church chants an the [[Orthoros]] service which is called in anticipation and are known as the '''Service of the Bridegroom'''. The name of or '''the service was derived from the Parable of the Ten Virgins found in the 25th chapter of the Gospel of MatthewNypmhios'''.
== 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 Hymn of the bridegroomBridegroom."'' 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 ===
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== 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.
== 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 ...
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