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Orthodox Christians mark The Holy Week
Orthodox Holy Week has started today – this is the strictest week of the Lent before Easter. Believers remember the last days of Jesus Christ’s life, his crucifixion and burial. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will deliver church services in Moscow cathedrals, TASS informs.
Each day of this week is called a holy day because of the significance of events for the Gospel such as Lord’s Supper and Crucifixion of Christ. Priests change black mourning robes for the white clothes and prepare for the great Easter holiday. The most solemn church sermon will be held in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in the early hours of April 8.
The Holy Week for all the believers is time of restrictions and attendance of church services as well as preparation for the Christ’s Resurrection.
Many tragic events happened during the Lent this year. An unknown criminal started shooting in the St. George’s Cathedral in Kizlyar, where 5 people died and other 5 were wounded.
On March 25, 64 people including 41 children died in the trade center Zimnaya Vishnya in Kemerovo. On April 2, at the first day of the Holy Week, it is 9 days since they died. At that day, all churches will finish services with requiem chanting.