President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived on a holiday night Paschal service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. On Sunday, April 16, RIA Novosti reported.
According to him, at the solemn service of the present the wife of the head of the Cabinet Svetlana Medvedev and Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin, public and political figures.
Officiate the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. In the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was attended by thousands of believers.
“Interfax” notes that, according to tradition, after midnight, the Patriarch and the leaders of the country exchanged Easter gifts.
On the night of April 16, from Jerusalem to Moscow by a special flight in a special capsule was delivered the Holy fire. Later the particles will pass in other cities of Russia and near and far abroad.
As reported, the Russian leader in the main Orthodox holidays visit temples: generally, for Easter it is the temple of Christ the Savior, and Christmas visits to the Church outside of Moscow. The Prime Minister on these religious celebrations have always come to the main temple of Russia.
16 APR Orthodox Christians celebrate the main Christian holiday — Easter or Resurrection of Christ. It was established in Apostolic times. On this day believers remember the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion on the cross for the sins of all people. On the night before Easter in all Orthodox churches held festive services.