On Friday evening, the Christian Orthodox population of Los Angeles gathered at the Saint Sophia Cathedral for Good Friday’s Liturgy and periphery of Epitaphios. Many celebrities of Greek descent, or with a “Greek connection” come to the church to attend the service. Tom Hanks is there every year, and he is one of the men that carry the Epitaphios. There also was Hank’s wife, Rita Wilson with her friend Nia Vardalos. Another person who carried the Epitaphios was 20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos. According to people that work for Saint Sophia, Tom Hanks is very religious, and goes to church almost every day throughout the holy week. The celebration of the Holy week continues with Liturgy on Saturday morning and the Resurrection liturgy on Saturday night. On Sunday, there are private Easter parties- one of those at Jim Gianopulos’ house- and the pic-nic of the Saint Sophia Cathedral at the Rosebowl in Pasadena.
Tom Hanks Celebrates Good Friday with Greek Orthodox Community in Los Angeles
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