In the temple of Christ the Savior began the night festive Easter service
MOSCOW, 16 APR — RIA Novosti. Festive night Easter service began in the main Orthodox Cathedral of Russia — Christ the Savior Cathedral, a solemn Liturgy was led by Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.
By long tradition to the service Fund of St. Andrew brought to Moscow from Jerusalem particle of the Holy fire.
In Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, hundreds of people met the delegation of the Fund with the lamp, which was taken to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the head of the Board of Trustees of the Fund Vladimir Yakunin and the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church Bishop Irinarkh of Krasnogorsk, vicar of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
“I wish each of you feel a special joy that comes from contact with Christ, the risen in the night,” said Patriarch Kirill before the service.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted that people visiting the temple that night, “you know that at the heart of a special status”. According to Patriarch, it’s not about ostentation or service and emotion of the singing of the choir. “We know that even in the most simple churches where there is no such celebrations in cathedrals, people get a special joy in your heart and live with joy,” — said the Hierarch.
He called on the faithful in the difficult moments of life to remember Easter joy of the grace of Christ’s resurrection.
The Patriarch congratulated the believers on the Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and living in foreign countries.
“Let his grace, his power, Christ conquered death, we are strengthened in our faith and helps to go on life’s journey,” — said the Patriarch.
In the Temple of Christ the Savior in these moments gathered thousands of believers, in this year, among them many young people.