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Holy Week begins for Orthodox believers
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Holy Week - the week of the most severe fasting before Easter – has begun for Orthodox believers. These days they remember the last days of the life of Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and burial. Throughout the week, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Cyril, will perform divine services in Moscow churches, RIA Novosti reports. He advised believers at this time to pray and watch broadcasts of church services at home.
For all believers, Holy Week is a time of abstinence and attending divine services, as well as preparation for Easter, it is considered especially important. This year, it will be held in a special way. The reason was restrictive measures aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus infection.
Each day of this week is called “great” because of the significance of events in the gospel, such as the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Christ. Great Saturday is associated with the burial of Christ. But in the process of worship, priests change their black mourning robes for light clothes, preparing for the great Easter holiday. On Sunday, April 19, Orthodox believers will celebrate Easter, or the Resurrection of Christ.
Russkiy Mir reported that the parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church were advised to stay home on Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter days.