The Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Mattituck held a Holy Friday service in Mattituck Friday night as part of the Easter holy week.
The solemn ceremony marks the death and burial of Christ and has, according to Parish Council vice president Emanuel Constantine, remained virtually unchanged for the past 1,500 years.
At the conclusion of the service, the Epitafio — Christ’s tomb — was carried out of the church and hundreds of gatherers followed behind with candles.
Easter Sunday falls on May 1st in the Greek Orthodox Church this year.
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