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Archive for April 27th, 2008

Wishing all my blog friends a most joyous Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! I’m not sure if the photo caption will show up, so — this is a photo of the Kouvouklion, or Tomb of Christ, at my parish church.  I am always ambivalent, at best, about Greek Orthodox practice, but this particular tradition is one of the most beautiful — covering the Tomb of Christ with flowers.  After the icon of the crucified Christ is venerated, it is removed from the Kouvouklion and placed on the altar, and instead, the icon of the angel greeting the Myrrh-Bearers is displayed.

I’ve never seen this tradition anywhere else but in the Greek Orthodox Church — does anyone know if it’s a universal Orthodox tradition?  The one year I was at a Russian parish, I noticed they didn’t do this.

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