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Faithful celebrate Greek Orthodox Great Friday with procession

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Metropolitan Pavlos Stratigeas speaks during a pause in the procession. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Clergy carry the Epitaphios into the church, which has been holding the procession for 50 years. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Hundreds of people wait in line to pass underneath the Epitaphios. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Young alter servers march with flowers and candles. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Men carry the Epitaphios along 26th Street. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A woman carries a candle in the procession. Photo by Christina Santucci
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participants carry a wooden cross on Ditmars Boulevard.
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Young alter servers march with flowers and candles.
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Members of the congregation pass underneath the Epitaphios. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Members of the congregation of Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church of America Cathedral of Markella carry the Epitaphios into the church in Astoria at the conclusion of a procession to commemorate Great Friday, which is part of Holy Week. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Participants carry candles along Ditmars Boulevard. Photo by Christina Santucci
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The crowd waits to pass underneath. Photo by Christina Santucci
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The Epitaphios is brought through Astoria and back to the church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Hundreds of people wait in line to pass underneath the Epitaphios. Photo by Christina Santucci

Dozens of people attended the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church of America Cathedral of Markella’s Procession of the Epitaphios in Astoria Friday evening. The religious service commemorates the Greek Orthodox holiday of Great Friday, which marks Christ’s death before His ascension on Easter.

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