Cherry Hill, NJ – Presided by His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, the Lord’s Passion Service was hosted at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church yesterday.


Holy Thursday begins with the celebration of vespers and the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil, in a representation of the earthly presence of Christ realized at the Last Supper. In the evening, anticipating the Matins of Friday morning, the Holy Passion service of the reading of the Twelve Gospels is conducted.

In these readings, Christ’s last instructions to his disciples are presented, as well as the prophecy of the drama of the Cross, Christ’s prayer, and his new commandment.