The Holy Fire has been delivered for the Easter Service held at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
The Holy Fire has been delivered from Jerusalem in a special capsule for the Easter Divine Service held by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The oil lamp has been delivered by a dedicated flight from Jerusalem and has been handed to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Candles and lamps of the clergy and then those of all the people in the Cathedral were lit by the Fire.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Chairman of the Government Dmitry Medvedev with his wife came to attend the Easter Divine Service held at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
The Holy Fire being the symbol of resurrected Jesus Christ leaving the Sepulchre descended at 14:16. That was the moment Orthodox Christians in Israel began their celebrations of Christ’s Resurrection. The Fire was brought to Russia by a dedicated flight in special oil lamps: in the evening the Fire was delivered to Vnukovo International Airport on board the plane of the delegation of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called.
Based on materials from The Kommersant
Photos by the press service of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. www.patriarchia.ru
The program is implemented with support from the Endowment Fund “ISTOKI”.
You can read about the special project of the Foundation of Saint Andrew the First-Called to get more information on the Delivery of the Holy Fire to Russia.