Orthodox Easter

Holy Fire Delivered From Jerusalem to Moscow for Easter Liturgy

April 16, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 16/4/17 The Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been delivered from Jerusalem to Moscow by airplane on Saturday, ahead of Easter celebrations. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Holy Fire was delivered by the Fond of Andrey Pervozvanny (FAP) in a special lamp, and it will be handed to […]

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Orthodox Easter 2016 Celebrated in Seychelles

May 13, 2016 Featured News

Church of Serbia- May 2016 Christ is Risen, Indeed He is Risen ! Christos Anesti, Alithos Anesti! Христос Васкрсе, Ваистину Васкрсе! This joyous exclamations could be heard from the Conference room in Berjaya Beau Vallon Hotel where Orthodox faithful gathered to celebrate in a service, The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, on Sunday 01st […]

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Siberian City Celebrates Easter in a Big Way

May 2, 2016 Featured News
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www.sputniknews.com – 2/5/16 Residents of the Russian city of Yakutsk are celebrating Easter by baking what’s thought to be the biggest kulich (an Orthodox Easter holiday cake) in the world. Twelve bakers and pastry cooks working at a local bakery in a Siberian city spent about three days to create this magnificent 1.5-meter tall treat which weighs about 400 kilograms […]

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The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Celebrates Orthodox Easter

April 16, 2015 Featured News

The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Celebrates Orthodox Easter
From Lazarus Saturday to Bright Monday of the Orthodox Christian Calendar, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem fully partook in Easter celebrations with the Christian churches and communities of Jerusalem, Bethany, Bethlehem and Beit Jala.  As with almost every Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrates Easter on the Julian Calendar, in which Easter (also known as Pascha) and Holy Week falls on separate dates from the Gregorian (Western) Calendar two out of every three years.  This year, Easter on the Julian Calendar fell on April 12th, with Lazarus Saturday being on April 4th. In the Orthodox Church, the Holy Fire service is the most significant event of Holy Week in Jerusalem, when the Patriarch of Jerusalem is sealed in the tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre (a structure that is also called the edicule), and emerges only when two bundles of thirty-three candles held in each of his hands have been lit by what Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic and many other Christians hold to be a miraculous occurence.  On Lazarus Saturday (April 4th), Mr. Dan Koski, Delegate for Christian Affairs represented the Order at an open-air service on the grounds of the Orthodox Girls School of Bethany, a mission school run by the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission and staffed by nuns part of the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene of Gethsemane.On Holy Saturday (April 11th), His Excellency the Grand Chancellor, Count Philippe Piccapietra, was present in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the invitation of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, while His Grace the Most Reverend Jovan Culibrek, Bishop of Slavonia of the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate, spiritual protector of all Orthodox members of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, was the official delegate of the first reception committee for the service of the Holy Fire for the Serbian Orthodox Church.In Bethlehem district, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem live-streamed the Holy Fire service to Bethlehem and Beit Jala, where in coordination with the municipality of Bethlehem and the Peace Center in Bethlehem and the Orthodox parish of Beit Jala, large screens were put up in Manger Square in Bethlehem and Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Beit Jala for the benefit of those from Bethlehem district as well as international pilgrims who were unable to attend the Holy Fire service.   The service of the Holy Fire was broadcast from approximately noon until the Patriarch emerged from the tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre, a structure known as the edicule, with two bundles of 33 candles apiece that signified the Holy Fire.  Orthodox Christians from both Palestine, Russia and elsewhere, along with Copts and Western pilgrims and visitors were present in both locations.  Many of the Coptic visitors cheered in traditional Arabic ululations and clanged their liturgical cymbals at the sight of Patriarchate emerging out of the edicule of the Holy Sepulchre of the Holy Fire.  Following the reception of the Holy Fire at the Holy Sepulchre, His Grace Bishop Jovan flew to Serbia to present the Holy Fire to His Beatitude, Patriarch Irenej of Serbia, in Belgrade at Saint Sava Cathedral, while His Excellency the Grand Chancellor Count Philippe joined the official delegation of the Orthodox parish of Beit Jala to bring the Holy Fire to their community, where hundreds of local Christians and pilgrims alike joined in the processional ceremony.  Despite an unseasonable downpour of rain, both services in Bethlehem and Beit Jala were exceptionally well-attended, with a joyous atmosphere throughout. Lastly, on Bright Monday, April 13th, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem greeted His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem at the Patriarchate, wishing him well with the traditional Easter declaration, “Hristos Anesti.”The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem thanks all partners, benefactors and supporters of Holy Week activities in the Holy Land, and looks forward to both continuing and strengthening its presence during Holy Week in 2016.Hristos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese! Massieh Kham! Hakkan Kham! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

April 2015 From Lazarus Saturday to Bright Monday of the Orthodox Christian Calendar, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem fully partook in Easter celebrations with the Christian churches and communities of Jerusalem, Bethany, Bethlehem and Beit Jala. As with almost every Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrates Easter on the Julian […]

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Georgian president grants 78 pardons for Easter

April 15, 2015 Featured News
Georgian president grants 78 pardons for Easter

Tbilisi, April 14, Interfax – Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has signed a decree pardoning 78 prison inmates on the occasion of Orthodox Easter, chairman of the presidential commission for pardons Zviad Koridze told a press briefing on Tuesday. The presidential decree allows 57 people to leave penitentiaries on Tuesday and reduces the terms of another […]

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“Holy Fire” to be taken to monasteries in Kosovo

April 15, 2015 Featured News
“Holy Fire” to be taken to monasteries in Kosovo

B92 – 15/4/15 BELGRADE — The Holy Fire, which arrived in Belgrade ahead of Orthodox Easter Sunday from Jerusalem, will on Monday will be taken to Kosovo and Metohija. The fire, which believers consider to be a miracle, will be taken to the Serb Orthodox Church (SPC) monasteries in Gracanica and Decani, and then the Pec […]

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Dining with the Dead: Georgian families’ graveyard feasts

May 14, 2013 News

13/5/13 In many Western countries graveyards are seen as sinister or even frightening but not so in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. As with other eastern Orthodox countries, it is common for Georgians to honour their deceased relatives by taking food and wine to cemeteries, and having feasts beside the graves. Although practised thoughout […]

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P.A. Slams Israeli Attack On Worshipers Marking Eastern Orthodox Easter

May 8, 2013 Featured News

7/5/13 The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement strongly denouncing the Israeli military and police attacks against Palestinian Christians, diplomats, priests and visitors, celebrating the eastern Holy Fire Saturday, before Easter this past Saturday. The Ministry said that Israeli soldiers and policemen verbally and physically attacked dozens of worshipers and families, and prevented them from […]

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Bartholomew leads Orthodox Easter celebration on Gokceada

May 6, 2013 Featured News

6/5/13 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Sunday joined the Orthodox celebration of Easter, one of the main holidays in the Christian world, for the first time on the island of Gökçeada (Imbros), where the patriarch was born and raised. Bartholomew, spiritual leader of about 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world, led the service at […]

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Jerusalem’s dwindling Christians celebrate the Holy Fire on Orthodox Easter

May 6, 2013 Featured News

5/5/13 The annual rite at the 1500-year-old Church of the Holy Sepulcher attracted fewer local faithful as Christians across the region are caught up in various conflicts. This is the sixth in a series of posts about dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East. JERUSALEM — A procession of Armenian Orthodox Christians wound from their quarter […]

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Aleppo bishop: Christians pained and worried by the fate of kidnapped prelates

May 4, 2013 News

05/03/2013 The fate of Mgrs Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji remains unknown since they were abducted on 22 April, and still presumed to be in the hands of their kidnappers. People are praying so that “they will come back to their communities in the next few days to celebrate Orthodox Easter,” said Archbishop Jeanbart. Aleppo […]

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Orthodox Easter celebrated Sunday

May 3, 2013 News

  Jeremy Sellew – 3/5/13 Orthodox Christians around the Mon Valley will be celebrating their holiest of holidays this weekend. Sunday marks the Easter holiday on the Julian calendar. “The Orthodox use the Julian calendar, while other religions use the Gregorian calendar,” said the Rev. Fred Pfeil, pastor of Monessen’s St. Michael Orthodox Church. “It is […]

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Easter on May 5? Orthodox Christians celebrate in accordance to Julian calendar

May 1, 2013 Featured News

By Jill Clair Gentry / Baldwin People editorpeople@gulfcoastnewspapers.com 1/5/13 Most Christians around the world celebrated Easter March 31 this year, but Orthodox Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Christ May 5. Orthodox Easter traditions also differ from other branches of the church, and Father Paul Mayernick of St. Athanasios Orthodox Mission Church in Gulf Shores […]

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Norfolk churches celebrate Orthodox Easter

April 29, 2013 News

29/4/13 Orthodox churches in Norwich and Kings Lynn are offering a warm invitation to come and celebrate Easter with them over the weekend of May 4-5. The Romanian Orthodox Church in Norwich (pictured right) and the British Orthodox Church, theChurch of St Mary and St Felix in Babingley on the Sandringham Estate are offering an invitation to join them for their upcoming Easter Celebrations next weekend. […]

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Orthodox Easter: ‘Christ is risen!’

April 6, 2013 Featured News

Rev. Michael Shanbour, Contributing reader 5/4/13 “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” This simple, ancient Christian hymn is sung over and over by Orthodox Christians late into the early morning hours each year on Orthodox Christian Easter or “Pascha.” On that night, […]

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Greek Easter goes on, despite priest shortage

April 17, 2012 News

By Charlotte King Australia 16/4/2012 Hundreds of thousands of Greek Australians attended church services over the weekend to mark Orthodox Easter, but a growing shortage of priests is leaving some congregations without a Minister. Mildura has one Greek Orthodox Church – a stark white building that stands high above the neighbouring houses along the town’s […]

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Outremont church finds band-aid solution to ban on processions

April 14, 2012 News
The St. Nicholas church has come up with a way around Outremont's band on parades and processions.(CTV Montreal)

ctvmontreal.ca 13/4/2012 MONTREAL — An Outremont church has come up with a way to celebrate Orthodox Easter Sunday despite the borough’s recent ban on parades and procession. With Orthodox Easter Sunday quickly approaching, preparations were in full swing Friday at St. Nicholas Russian Cathedral in Outremont. But this year’s midnight procession, an annual tradition dating […]

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Changing Frescos At Macedonia Orthodox Church Mystify Christian Worshippers

April 10, 2012 Featured News

10/4/2012 AP Saint Dimitrija: Changing Frescos At Macedonia Orthodox Church Mystify Christian Worshippers SKOPJE, Macedonia — Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers from across Macedonia are lining up to visit a church where a cleric says frescoes of saints have begun to appear brighter in color without any obvious explanation. Father Zoran of Saint Dimitrija church […]

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Jerusalem Readies itself for Easter

March 28, 2012 Featured News
Good Friday procession in Jerusalem; photo courtesy Travelujah

28/3/2012 Visit Travelujah website for all Holy land tour solutions Christians visiting the Holy Land in the spring sometimes fail to appreciate the link between Passover and Easter: Jesus came to Jerusalem in April circa 34, making his triumphal entry on the Sunday of the last fateful week of his life, in order to offer […]

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Orthodox Easter Schedules and Timings in Holy Land – 2012

March 21, 2012 Featured News

21/3/2012 For additional information on group Holy Land tour reservations and pilgrimages please contact Travelujah here: Roman Catholic and Anglican Easter Schedules here: Easter 2012 in the Holy Land will be quite special this year as once again Easter and Passover will coincide. Erev Passover begins at sundown on Good Friday (April 6) and continues […]

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Orthodox Paschal Celebrations 2011- Worldwide Snaps

April 24, 2011 Featured News

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