The Greek Orthodox Holy Week is centred around three crucial days: Good Friday and Easter Saturday which commemorate the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Christ, and Pascha (Easter Sunday) which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. On Friday evening the faithful chant hymns and carry candles through the streets in a traditional funeral procession following the Epitaphion, a carved wooden bier that symbolises the tomb of Christ.
For the Saturday night midnight mass, the congregation arrive carrying unlit candles. The Orthos of the Resurrection begins in complete darkness just before midnight when the priest lights a candle from the Holy Flame and the faithful come forward to "receive the light". The celebration of the resurrection concludes with the Easter salutation "Christos Anesti" - Christ is risen - which is answered "Athithos Anesti" - truly He has risen.
This series was photographed at the Church of Evangelismos in Perth, Western Australia
© Cherina Hadley 2017 | Travel & Landscape Photographer