Holy Fire arrives to Moscow

The Man

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The Holy Fire (Greek Ἃγιον Φῶς, "Holy Light") is described by Orthodox Christians as a miracle that occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Fire

Every year before Orthodox Easter, pilgrims from all the Orthodox countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, all the Balkan nations, Greece, etc, come to Jerusalem to witness this apparent miracle




Samples of the Holy Fire are then handed out to representatives of all the Orthodox Churches, to bring back to their nations.

Every year, samples of the Holy Fire are flown to Moscow too

and today, like every year, it arrived to Vnukovo Airport (not a huge international hub, like Domodedovo or Sheremetievo, by design, I think, the authorities don't want the huge crowds of believers waiting for the Fire to impede other traffic at those far busier airports)
[video=youtube;vErkXWcXT-w]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vErkXWcXT-w[/video]

As video shows, believers could light own candles with the Holy Fire



And it will later also light up the sacred torches Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Church, will use in his Easter ceremony at Christ the Savior Chathedral tomorrow

and, of course, the Fire will also be delivered to every Russian city as well.

The Holy Fire is a huge part of Orthodox Easter. Much like the eggs and bunnies over here, I guess...

Anyway, happy Easter, y'all. I know yours was a week ago and all lol
 
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The Man

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Btw, many Orthodox over there have been fasting for Lent for weeks too, from February 19th till today: Orthodox Lent — What's the Point?

Today, after church, they finally get to feast.

The painted eggs and, more importantly, the kulich, the Easter cake, that all the kids look forward to

I bought one too, at a Russo-Ukrainian shop around here. I don't really deserve it, as my wide would attest I didn't really fast... lol But, whatever. It's too tasty to forego. :D
 

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Holy Fire being transported on the Moscow Metro

That's how they get it to all the churches and cathedrals in the city, every year, fastest way, fast than the roads :)

Easter services at Khmeimim airbase in Syria
[video=youtube;_j6fMthL8QM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j6fMthL8QM[/video]

The troops at Khmeimim were later also contacted by the Patriarch himself, via video link, with a holiday message


Anyway, again, happy Easter to all.
 

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