Tom Hanks Celebrates Good Friday with Greek Orthodox Community in Los Angeles

Tom Hanks (right) carries the "Epitaphios" at Saint Sophia in Los Angeles on Friday Apr. 22nd

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.


  1. great news. Wish some of our Roman Catholic believers would convert back, “revert” as we say today instead of the scandal Sarandon. Madonna and Lady Gaga give and knock the Church or undermine its sacred values


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