Great and Holy Friday

Taking down of Jesus from the Cross - Glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen Thou who art clothed with light as a garment, when Joseph together with Nicodemus took Thee down from the Tree and he gazed upon Thee dead, naked and unburied, and in grief and mourning he lamented: Woe is me, my sweetest Jesus!
This is the beginning of 'St Matthew Passion' (Страсти по Матфею, Matthäuspassion) by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev. Conductor: Vladimir Fedosseyev. Performed in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire on 27 March 2008. The choir sings: Come, let us sing a holy lament to Christ. Alleluia. O Lord my God, I will sing to Thee a funeral hymn.

The full version of the St. Matthew Passion composed by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk including the first movement sampled in the video above is here:

Perm Opera & Ballet Theatre's Orchestra & Choir, Nadejda Pavlova, Natalia Buklaga, Filipp Cherkasov, Viktor Shapovalov, Alexander Pogudin, conductor - Valeriy Platonov

The Lamentations, chanted before the epitaphios on Friday night in Holy Week, are some of the most moving hymns of the Orthodox Church. These have been translated to fit the three traditional Greek melodies, which are also included here, transcribed into Western music notation. The book includes a homily on Holy Saturday by Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus...