Christ Is Risen! Today the Orthodox celebrate Easter

Today, April 16, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the main holiday of the liturgical year – Easter. In this day torzhestvuyte deliverance through Christ the Savior of all mankind from slavery to the devil, and the bestowal of eternal life.

Easter Sunday is one of the oldest religious holidays. His feast was established by the apostles themselves. The precise time of the celebration of Easter determined of the I Ecumenical Council ruled that all Christians celebrate it in the 1st Sunday after the vernal equinox and the 1st of March the full moon.

For Easter believers prepare for the seven weeks when on one of the most strict fasts – Great lent, and on Easter day the congregation, which blesses the food, allowed to eat apostou food.

In Easter, how to the most important feast of the Church year, is a particularly solemn service. It was formed in the first centuries of Christianity as a baptismal. Most of the catechumens after the preparation of lent was baptized on this special day.

Also in the Church from ancient times has become the tradition of making Easter service at night.

To meet the Bright Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra gathered a large number of parishioners.

Since Easter night and the subsequent forty days made “triple kiss”. This means that when meeting the standard greeting is replaced by the words: “Christ is risen!” — “Truly he is risen!”.

Team Segodnaya congratulates you on this bright holiday and wish peace, happiness, love and prosperity. Christ Is Risen!