Good and Holy Friday Lamentations observed with His Grace, Bishop THOMAS at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Allentown,
On Holy Friday April 21, 2006, His Grace, Bishop THOMAS attended the Orthros of Great and Holy Saturday, also known as the Lamentations Service at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The church was filled with people who came to mourn the burial of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. The church was silent, candles burning, hymns and lamentations being sung by the choir and the congregation. The beautifully decorated bier was displayed in the middle of the church for all to reverence. At the end of the service, Bishop Thomas gave a homily about the Passion of our Christ and what carrying our Cross should mean to us as Orthodox Christians.