Orthodox Christians and Greek Catholics celebrate the Resurrection of Christ

Today is the feast of Christ’s Resurrection, Easter is the main event of the year for Christians and Greek Catholics and most important Christian holiday. The word «Easter» comes to us from the Greek language and means «prehozhdenie», «deliverance».

Fighters in the ATO zone has congratulated Ukrainians on Easter: let’s be brave
On Easter night, the President along with his wife prayed for Ukraine
Groisman congratulates Ukrainians on Easter
The head of the Greek Catholic Church has congratulated Ukrainians on Easter
Filaret called on Ukrainians on Easter to rejoice, despite all the difficulties and the war
Klimkin urged Christians at Easter to commemorate Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and in the Crimea

According to the New Testament, the Savior was resurrected on the third day after his death on the Cross to atone for human sins. It is the gospel event marks the victory of the Lord over sin and death and the beginning of being a new world, redeemed by Jesus Christ.

Faith in the Resurrection is the basis of Christianity. In the words of the Holy Apostle Paul, «if Christ be not risen, then vain is your faith».

About Easter narrates the famous episode of the gospel, when Mary Magdalene on the third day after the Savior’s death together with two other women came to the tomb of Jesus Christ to anoint His body with fragrant oil, and saw that the stone from the cave where Jesus was buried, rolled away. Entering the cave, the women saw a young man in a white robe who told them that Jesus had risen.

After the Easter worship services believers break my fast (stop the fast) consecrated on the eve of Easter and Easter eggs. At Easter, is customary to prepare a lot of treats to everyone who came to the house, familiar or not familiar, was fed.

According to legend, the custom of painting eggs is associated with the name of St. Mary Magdalene, which held the Emperor Tiberius white egg with the words: «Christ is risen!». «I do not believe,» said the Emperor, is impossible as well as not in a white egg in your hand to become red». And at the same moment the egg changed its color.

From Easter day until the feast of the ascension, which is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter, believers greet each other with the words: «Christ is risen! Truly, he is risen!».

Fighters in the ATO zone has congratulated Ukrainians on Easter: let’s be brave

The video greetings to the headquarters of the ATO has posted on his page in Facebook.

«Ukraine, I sincerely congratulate you on Easter! To be sure, the enemy will not pass. And if you dare, it will meet your sons – real warriors, who are ready to rebuff the aggressor. Defend Ukraine is a great honor for everyone. Therefore, the Ukrainians, will be brave!», — refers to a military chaplain of the 80th airborne ODSHB father Taras Kotsyuba.

On Easter night, the President along with his wife prayed for Ukraine

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with his wife Marina on Easter night visited several Christian temples of Kiev and took part in the festive divine services.

As reported in the press service of the President, in the Vladimir Cathedral of the presidential couple, together with Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine, Primate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate Filaret and the faithful went in procession around the temple. After that, they attended the Easter service held by the rector of the UOC-KP.

Petro and Maryna Poroshenko visited the festive service in the Church of St. Nicholas at Askold grave.

The head of state together with his wife visited the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, where he joined the Easter Liturgy. In the Refectory of the Church a festive service was sent by the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufry.

In all the Christian shrines of Kiev Poroshenko together with his wife congratulated believers on Easter and the Resurrection of Christ.

Groisman congratulates Ukrainians on Easter

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman congratulated citizens with Easter. Festive greetings posted on the government portal.

«The celebration of Christ’s Resurrection unites faith in the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, of life over death. For all believers it was always a feast of great hope», — said in greeting.

«Easter brings a spiritual revival that is needed by each person, each family and our society», — said Groisman.

The Prime Minister wished Ukrainians bright, celebration, happiness, harmony, peace of mind and peace in Ukraine.

The head of the Greek Catholic Church has congratulated Ukrainians on Easter

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) his Beatitude Sviatoslav congratulated believers on Easter. Congratulation published on the official website of the UGCC.

«Let this day all to congratulate you and this joy to share with you: with those who suffer, fighting, building, with those who are far from home, who now live on different continents of the globe, but in the Easter procession we are United as a Church, as the people of God, as the people in the way to Sunday,» – said Svyatoslav.

He stressed that on this day the Church proclaims the wonderful transition of Christ from death and suffering to resurrection and life. This transition together with Christ and also sent people.

«Even in circumstances of war, we are in the Easter procession in a qualitatively new reality. We are in the March from slavery to freedom, from death to life. And even when we are sad, » in the Resurrection, we rejoice. When it is difficult for us, in the Easter procession we receive new strength. And in the procession with Christ sing the song of victory over sin and death, over the sadness and despair!», — said the Patriarch.

Filaret called on Ukrainians on Easter to rejoice, despite all the difficulties and the war

The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine Filaret called on Ukrainians on Easter to rejoice, despite all the difficulties and the war. The congratulation is published on the website of the UOC-KP.

«I congratulate you, your graces the archpastors, God-loving pastors, honest monks, beloved brothers and sisters with the feast of the Resurrection light! I wish a happy Easter to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Government, the Ukrainian Armed forces, which in difficult conditions, giving their lives to protect our freedom, our territory, our Homeland. Congrats on the great Christian holiday of the entire Ukrainian nation and all Ukrainians worldwide, on all continents,» – said Filaret.

He wished that the Lord would protect Ukraine from external aggressors and internal enemies and helped to restore order in the country.

«This year Ukrainian people celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in terms of Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine, at a time when new Cains kill their Ukrainian brothers. God’s wrath was experienced the entire Ukrainian people. As we rejoice with Easter joy, when sorrow swept across Ukraine and touched the hearts of many people? Can you rejoice in such circumstances? Not only can, but must!», — said the Patriarch.

Klimkin urged Christians at Easter to commemorate Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and in the Crimea

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin called on Ukrainians on Easter to commemorate the Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

«Christ Is Risen! Today, remember our political prisoners in Russia and Crimea. Let this bright day, particularly they feel our support,» Klimkin wrote on Twitter.




Orthodox Christians and Greek Catholics celebrate the Resurrection of Christ 01.05.2016

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