Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

The biggest festival of the year: Millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter - a month later than the Western churches. Unlike at the beginning of the corona pandemic a year ago, believers were allowed to attend church services again in many places.

In the Russian capital Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said on Sunday night on the occasion of Easter: He would like his people to be freed from the virus soon and completely. Easter gives hope that the pandemic can be overcome.

Many believers in Moscow's Savior Cathedral - the main church of Russian Orthodox Christianity - wore a mask. In many countries, clergy services were broadcast on the internet and on television to minimize the risk of contagion.

Vladimir Putin: He appeared without mouth and nose protection at the Easter service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. (Source: Sergei Guneyev / Pool Sputnik Kremlin / dpa)

Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin also attended the service in Moscow without mouth and nose protection. He had recently been vaccinated against the virus. According to the Kremlin, the president thanked the Church for solving "pressing social problems" and for promoting ideals and family traditions in society. Critics accuse the Orthodox Church of being too close to the Russian state.

Orthodox Christians celebrate the "Holy Fire" in Jerusalem

Orthodox Christians celebrated the "Holy Fire" in Jerusalem. Hundreds of people crowded into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's old town on Saturday. Previously, there had been clashes between believers and the police in the streets near the church. Only those vaccinated and recovered from the Corona had access to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

According to media reports, the number of participants was restricted under the impression of the mass panic on Mount Meron, with 45 dead the day before. Numerous police officers were on duty in the old town, and barriers were set up. The police were accused of harassment from the Palestinian side. Video recordings showed a dense crowd and shoving.

Jerusalem: Ethiopian Orthodox Christians hold candles that are lit during the Holy Fire ceremony in the Ethiopian section of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City. (Source: Ilia Yefimovich / dpa)

According to belief, the light in the burial chapel ignites automatically. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher stands at the point where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus is said to have been buried and risen again.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III. lit candlelight on the "Holy Fire" and passed it on to believers outside the chapel. The church was lit by a sea of ​​candles. The "Holy Fire" was then brought to churches all over the world by air.

Easter in the Orthodox Church is based on the Julian calendar, which differs from the generally accepted Gregorian calendar. Because Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring, there is a time difference of weeks in some years. In Orthodoxy, the resurrection of Jesus is considered the greatest festival of the year.

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