Orthodox Christians in more than 60 countries are celebrating Easter on April 28. The Russian, Serbian, Georgian, Constantinople, Greek, Bulgarian, Jerusalem and other local Orthodox Churches celebrate it according to the Julian calendar, TASS reports.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia carried out Easter service in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior this night.
"Like the Gospel Myrrhbearers and other Christ’s disciples who became the first witnesses of the resurrection, we have to bring people - those who are near and dear to us, those who surround us, those whom we know - good tidings of this great joy. We tell them, ‘Christ has risen!’ And, like many centuries ago, some who believe answer immediately ‘Truly He is risen!’ and others, like Thomas the Apostle, doubt it and say, ‘Unless I see Him myself and place my hand in His side, I will not believe." Some even reject it. The belief in the Resurrection of Christ is the bedrock foundation, the unshaken pillar on which Christianity is based," the patriarch said in his address.
A total of more than 35,000 Russian Orthodox churches that are located in 68 countries are celebrating Easter.
The essential part of the holiday is kind deeds that any Christian should do. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will visit patients of Morozov Children’s Clinical Hospital this day, and Orthodox service Mercy (Miloserdiye) will congratulate more than 13,000 patients in hospitals and orphan asylums during the Easter week.