Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Easter «kleinezeitung.at

Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter after the Catholics and Protestants because they follow the Julian calendar.

13.43, 02. May 2021

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Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday – a month later than the Western churches. Unlike in the previous year, the faithful were allowed to attend church services again in many places. In Moscow said that Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, on the night of Sunday: He wished that his people would soon and completely be freed from the virus. Easter gives hope that the pandemic can be overcome.

Many believers in the Savior Cathedral in Moscow – the main church of Russian Orthodox Christianity – wore a mask. In many countries, clergymen broadcast services on the internet and on television to reduce the risk of infection.

Putin at the service too

The head of the Kremlin also attended the service in Moscow Wladimir Putin, without mouth and nose protection. He had recently been vaccinated against the virus. According to the Kremlin, the president thanked the Church for solving “pressing social problems” and for promoting ideals and family traditions in society. Critics accuse the Orthodox Church of being too close to the Russian state.

On the eve of Easter, Kirill had made people sit up and take notice with an unusually clear warning to those in power. The fulfillment of powers that sometimes the Restricting the freedoms of others required, could not go hand in hand with arrogance and arrogancesaid the Patriarch in a sermon distributed on Saturday. “In this case, power becomes tyranny.” In addition, the Patriarch pointed out: If the Church identifies itself with a political force and thus becomes a lever in the political struggle, could it still be an authority and spiritual mother for everyone? “Never,” said Kirill.

“Holy Fire” in Jerusalem

Numerous Orthodox Christians celebrated the “Holy Fire” in Jerusalem. Hundreds of people crowded into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s old town on Saturday. Previously, there had been clashes between believers and the police in the streets near the church. Only those vaccinated and recovered from the Corona had access to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

According to media reports, the number of participants was restricted under the impression of the mass panic on Mount Meron, with 45 dead the day before. Numerous police officers were on duty in the old town, and barriers were set up. The police were accused of harassment from the Palestinian side. Video recordings showed a dense crowd and shoving.

Easter in the Orthodox Church is based on the Julian calendar, which differs from the generally accepted Gregorian calendar. Because Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring, there is a time difference of weeks in some years. In Orthodoxy, the resurrection of Jesus is considered the greatest festival of the year.


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