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Eastern Orthodox celebrate Good Friday

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--  Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Good Friday last week, ending the holy week with a Easter Celebration.

They celebrate holy week according to the Gregorian calendar, but Eastern Orthodox churches follow the older, Julian calendar, making Good Friday a week later.

World-wide there are nearly 300 million Orthodox Christians that will be celebrating the passion of Christ Friday. For the Orthodox church, holy week is 8 days long and will end Sunday.

Each day has its own commemoration and its own theme. Holy Friday is a culminating event of the holy week, celebrating Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

Father Mark Munoz explains, "There are three services on this day which begin with the passion itself and the crucifixion, move to this afternoon's service which is the taking down from the cross, and then this evenings service which is actually a funeral for Christ."

That service will be marked with a procession around the area, and will begin April 13th at 7p.m.

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