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Patriarch Alexius II of Moscow and All Russia is to perform vespers on Good Friday at the cathedral of Christ the Savior
The shroud of Christ, i.e. an icon or embroidery showing Christ's body that has been taken off the Cross, will be brought out during this divine service. Good Friday is considered to be saddest day of the church year. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whatsoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John.3.17) Believers observe a strict fast on Good Friday. It is believed that Christ had died on the Cross in the afternoon. Consequently, the shroud of Christ is brought out of the altar at every Orthodox church. The shroud of Christ is placed in any church's central section. Believers then worship it, remembering the passions of the Christ. The shroud of Christ remains there until the beginning of the Easter Sunday divine service. The shroud is then returned to the altar's communion-table.
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