On Good Friday evening, March 24/April 6, 2018, the Hagiotaphites went down St. James the Brother of God staircase and venerated the Horrendous Golgotha, without wearing any ornaments, and His Beatitude was wearing only one engolpio.
The Great Vespers of Good Friday followed, officiated by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, with co-celebrant Hagiotaphite Hieromonks with first in rank Elder Kamarasis Archimandrite Nectarios. The right choir was led by Archimandrite Aristovoulos and the left by Mr. Constantinos Spyropoulos, who sang the contrite troparia of the day, inspiring the large crowd of pilgrims who attended the service.
At the end of Vespers the Patriarchal Entourage venerated the Horrendous Golgotha and returned to the Patriarchate, waiting for the night Epitaph Service.