Thousands of Orthodox Christians in Belarus celebrated Easter by holding religious rituals and masses in churches across the country on Saturday and Sunday.
Christ is risen!
With candles in hands, the faithful filled the Holy Spirit Cathedral Church in Minsk on the night of 7-8 April to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Pavel traditionally led Easter services, the Matins and Divine Liturgy.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko also extended his Easter greetings to the country’s Orthodox Christians.
“Easter symbolizes the triumph of life and unites people, who are guided by kindness and compassion.
The special atmosphere of these days brings deep genuine happiness to people, encourages them to do good deeds and take care of their families and other people in need of support and compassion,” said Alexander Lukashenko.
The Orthodox also took part in intensive, hours-long services in the preceding days of Holy Week, leading up to Easter.
In the preceding days, the believers read Scriptures about Jesus’ crucifixion and symbolically re-enact a funeral process for him.
This year Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter a week later after the religious holiday was celebarted by Catholic Christians.