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PHOTO GALLERY: A Glimpse into the 10th-century Greek Orthodox Holy Friday service




A Greek Orthodox priest reads from the bible as another holds an image of the crucified Jesus Christ before interring it into the epitaphios (representing the body taken off the cross), during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

A Greek Orthodox priest censes during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

A Greek Orthodox priest censes during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

A Greek Orthodox priest holds up a bible during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

A Greek Orthodox priest lays an image of the crucified Jesus Christ onto a shroud held by worshippers before interring it into the epitaphios (representing the body taken off the cross), during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

A Greek Orthodox priest scatters flower petals onto an image of the crucified Jesus Christ laid onto a shroud held by worshippers before interring it into the epitaphios (representing the body taken off the cross), during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

Greek Orthodox priests carry an image of the crucified Jesus Christ into a symbolic tomb during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

Greek Orthodox priests carry an image of the crucified Jesus Christ before interring it into the epitaphios (representing the body taken off the cross), during the Holy Friday service at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP

Christian worshippers approach the epitaphios (representing the body of Jesus Christ taken off the cross) for a blessing, during the Holy Friday service at the 10th century Greek Orthodox Church of St George in Coptic Cairo. AFP