Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

Millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, as Pope Francis and others expressed concern over embattled communities in the cradle of the faith following church bombings in Egypt and attacks on civilians in Syria's civil war.

As one of the most important holidays to Christians across the world, Easter is also the biggest Christian celebration of the year in Russian Federation.

The ceremony, known as Holy Fire, is described by Orthodox Christians as a "miracle" that takes place each year on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Easter. Many Christians believe Jesus's body was buried at what became the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The festive service started at 11pm and continued until the early hours of this morning, during which prayers were shared and clergy and parishioners with icons, crosses and candles walked around the church chanting. Photo by the PM's press office.

M - The Holy Fire will be brought to Bishkek from Jerusalem on April 17 by a group of Kyrgyzstani pilgrims, the Bishkek diocese said.

The Easter Eve liturgy marked the end of 50 days of fasting, which started on March 14.

Hundreds of pilgrims came to the church in the Old City, for a mass to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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