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2015

November  1st –  Day of Mourning in Russia

Russians Pray After Crash

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Halloween

No Survivors as Russian Jet Crashes

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Swallows built a nest in Church

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June, 2015

St. John Kronstadt Monument

In Moscow, the opening of the monument of St. John of Kronstadt. The project was initiated by the parish church of St. John of Kronstadt in Zhulebino. The bronze monument was timed to the memory of the All-Russian shepherd.

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More about St. John of Kronstadt

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April 12, 2015

Easter Sunday

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia

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April 12, 2015

Easter Vigil /Easter Sunday Morning

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia

(Hearing Impaired)

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April 11, 2015

Easter Vigil / Holy Fire from Jerusalem

“Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It started with the centuries old tradition of lighting the Holy Fire in Jerusalem, before the flame was transported around the globe. The main Orthodox Easter celebration in Russia took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the religious ceremony along with another 5,000 worshipers. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, led the service. ”
Courtesy RT News. See More http://rt.com/news/248937-israel-russia-orthodox-easter/

“Russia’s Easter traditions include painting and coloring eggs – normally red as a symbol of the blood of Christ – and cracking them. The tradition of giving each other paschal eggs dates back to the first century A.D.

Church legend has it that Mary Magdalene came to Roman Emperor Tiberius with a preaching of faith and gave him a chicken egg. Tiberius did not believe her story of Christ’s resurrection and said: “How can anyone be risen from the dead? This is as impossible as if this egg became red now.” And the egg turned red, showing the emperor the truth of the Christian faith.”
http://www.en.rian.ru/russia/20120415/172832602.html

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Already during the morning service, the priests changed the black robe to white robes – a sign that the mystery of Christianity – Christ’s victory over death – is already committed.

The main event took place on Holy Saturday Holy Land. In Jerusalem, in the Holy Sepulchre the miracle Holy Fire. And now it is waiting for a delivery in Moscow – Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior holds about 10 thousand people, and on major holidays it is always full. Today, icons are decorated with fresh flowers. And here already delivered the Holy Fire – special flight from Israel.

Miracle in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, watched by thousands of pilgrims from around the world. First there, according to tradition, all the lamps extinguished. And after the fire comes down, very quickly passed from candle to candle. It is believed to have miraculous powers and they cannot be burned.

Feast of the Resurrection of Christ precede the service of Holy Saturday. Throughout the day, in the center of the church – the Shroud of Christ. Here, the main church of the country spent the morning service, Patriarch Kirill.

“Today, as well as the upcoming night, offer us a divine plan, which included a victory of God, and therefore all who believe in him and who calls his name over all evil and all unrighteousness. Happy Easter Sunday to all of you congratulations, “- said Patriarch Kirill.

Patriarch today visited Moscow and in other churches. First, in the church of Alexander Nevsky in Kozhukhova. Then, in the church Spyridon in Nagatino. And there, and there he was consecrating Easter treats.

Believers with colored eggs and cakes came from across the country today carrying them to church. By the way, many cakes prepared by each family with their recipes, their secrets, they willingly shared with all. But all as one, were convinced that the main thing is the Easter feast not the ingredients. It was consecrated food that church canons give his blessing to its adoption, and makes it so delicious.

The queue at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is becoming more continue to come here people. Vigil here headed by Patriarch Kirill, and after the procession was the first to report the good news to the believers.

On Easter night public transport in Moscow will work on a different schedule. Subway station entrance and exit will be open until 2.00. Buses, trolleybuses and trams on the main routes open until 3.30.

Close to midnight – at the procession – restrict vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, as in several streets – Jerusalem, Talalikhina, Stroykovskaya, Petrovka, Petrovsky Boulevard and Krapivensky alley.

At this moment in the capital’s airport Vnukovo meet special flight from Israel. In Moscow, will deliver a particle of the Holy Fire. It brought to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

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January 19, 2015

Russian Epiphany

Epiphany in Russia, celebrating the Baptism of Christ, was attended by more than 1.5 million people. According to legend, on this day Jesus came to the Jordan River from Galilee to be baptized by the prophet John the Baptist. In the holy river believers gather each year from around the world. The water at this time of year too cold here.

Millions of believers today celebrate Baptism – one of the main festivals of Orthodoxy. Solemn services are held in all the churches. In the Moscow Cathedral. Liturgy traditionally headed by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. The prayer service was attended by several thousand parishioners. At the conclusion of the rank of the Great Blessing of Water. It is believed that it gives health, spiritual strength, and does not lose these properties throughout the year.

The ringing of bells in the font every dive in their own way: some went under the water with the head and silently, while others barely restrained “cold” emotions, or rather the emotions of ice water.

At the Revolution Square in central Moscow hundreds of believers met Epiphany. There are those that are older and very young. Eight-year-Pauline as adults plunged bravely and was baptized in the icy font.

And even Orthodox Cameroonian Andre, a few years living in Russia, the night finally believed: blessed water works wonders, so sick but was not afraid.

Wanting to plunge into holy water in the city center, this time particularly large. Familiar frosts changed almost Epiphany thaw. The temperature dropped below zero degrees.

Thousands of people plunged across the country. In Khabarovsk believers procession went to the Jordan near Orthodox male Holy Assumption Monastery. Reviving the old Russian tradition of Epiphany, men and women plunged into the water in white shirts.

On the waterfront in Vladivostok residents string dipped in salt water. In the sky clouds of steam rose, but no one was cold. After washing, they say my heart is warmer.

But Magadan Epiphany bathing in the bay had Nagaeva and dipped in the Jordan directly into the Sea of Okhotsk. Water – 2 air – -22, but this did not stop. Nearby, just in case lifeguard and physicians.

In Cherkessk holiday met volley salute. On the waterfront of the Kuban River about two thousand people gathered together: Christians and Muslims.

Bonfires and basking. Water freezes. From the icy crust immediately get rid of. Some after bathing and decided to get rid of bad habits. And some altogether lost words.

In Moscow Tushino the Jordan could be seen from afar. Ice sculptures illuminated reflected in an ice surface.

According to legend, the water in the Epiphany night gets curative properties and washes away sins. Many believers rushed to get water in temples and holy springs. It is believed that water may stand for a whole year. But emotions will last a lifetime.

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January 7, 2015

Christmas with Vladimir Putin

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Christmas in Moscow Cathedral

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Russian Christmas

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