On the night of April 7-8, 2018, in the cathedral church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia performed Easter services.
The Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was visited by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and his wife, the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin.
Before the start of the procession, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed a welcoming speech to the audience.
Traditionally, on Easter night, in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior from the Church of the Resurrection of Christ (Holy Sepulcher), Holy Fire was brought to Jerusalem, delivered by a delegation led by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called. Yakunin and bishop of Krasnogorsk Irinarkh. Before the start of the procession, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, with the words "Fire from the Holy Sepulcher!", Lit candles from the Holy Fire and gave them to the worshipers.
By the singing of the stichera "Your Resurrection, Christ the Savior" the procession around the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was performed.
At the end of the matins, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, Svetlana Medvedeva and Sergey Sobyanin exchanged Easter greetings and festive gifts.
The Easter Gospel (John 1: 1-17) was read in 21 languages. His Holiness the Patriarch began reading the Gospel, which tells about the incarnation of the Word of God, in Greek and Latin languages, then the clergy continued reading in Hebrew, Church Slavonic, Arabic, Georgian, Sanskrit, Russian, Ukrainian, Moldavian, Tatar, Gagauz, Latvian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.
On the sacramental verse, Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk read out the Easter message of His Holiness
Patriarch Kirill, to the archpastors, pastors, monastics and all faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church.
After the hymnal prayer, the Primate of the Russian Church consecrated artos.
At the end of the service, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill again congratulated the participants with Easter:
"All of you, dear Eminences and Right Reverend Bishops, fathers, brothers and sisters, I heartily congratulate on the greatest holiday - with the Holy Easter of God saving!
The Lord rose from his resurrection and put an end to the global domination of evil. Hell can still reign, but does not vine. There is no domination of evil more globally. Evil can prevail in this and that place, evil can speak loudly about itself, draw attention to itself, but it no longer has power over the whole human race, because Christ has risen and destroyed the evil with his sacrifice by the cross and the Resurrection. And all those who take the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world receive through faith, baptism and holy sacraments all that He has done for the human race. Through faith and through the sacraments of the Church we are among those who are on the side of light and truth, who are on the side of the risen Savior. And God forbid that we all should remain on this side of the world and never enter into the direction of darkness.
We believe that the Lord, by the prayers of the martyrs and confessors of our Church, now pays mercy to our people, and faith in the hearts of people is strengthened. And may today's Easter day make its contribution to this strengthening of faith in our people, because with faith we always won - first, ourselves and our sins, but also all those who rebelled against the Orthodox faith and our people.
May the Lord help us to follow the path that He indicated to us all through His Divine Resurrection. Amen.
Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen!
Truly, Christ is risen! Amen!"
Photo: Sergey Vlasov
Press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia