- Title: RUSSIA: RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS PREPARE FOR EASTER SUNDAY IN MOSCOW
- Date: 4th May 2002
- Summary: (U5) MOSCOW, RUSSIA (MAY 4, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE VIEW ST. MIKHAIL'S CHURCH IN SOUTHERN MOSCOW 0.05 2. WORSHIPPERS PLACING EASTER BREAD AND EGGS ON TABLE / PULL OUT TO WIDE VIEW WOMEN SURROUNDING TABLE 0.26 3. SCU: CHILD STANDING BY BREAD AND RED FLOWER 0.31 4. SV: COLOURFUL DISPLAY OF BREAD AND EGGS 0.38 5. SCU: PRIEST BLESSING BREAD AND EGGS 0.43 6. CLOSE UP LIT CANDLE ON BREAD 0.48 7. SV: MORE OF PRIEST BLESSING BREAD AND EGGS 0.56 8. CLOSE UP BREAD, EGGS AND CANDLES ON TABLE 1.01 9. SLV: CROWD OF WORSHIPPERS ENTERING CHURCH 1.07 10. MV: WORSHIPPERS PLACING CANDLES ON ALTER 1.12 11. SCU: WOMAN PRAYING 1.17 12. CLOSE UP LIT CANDLES / WOMEN LIGHTING CANDLES 1.26 13. WIDE VIEW CHURCH INTERIOR 1.34 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 19th May 2002 13:00
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA1UVQWQKDUKQ0XY08L46XZ9Y8Q
- Story Text: Russian Orthodox Christians have been taking part in
final preparations for Easter with a ceremonial blessing of
holiday eggs and bread.
The Orthodox faithful on Saturday (May 4) were
preparing for the most important day of their church calendar,
Easter Sunday (May 5), which they believe marks the
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
On the day before Easter Russian Orthodox believers
take part in a final fast of bread and water.
At St. Mikhail's church in Southern Moscow on Saturday
a colourful display of eggs and bread was laid out on a long
table. Several loaves of bread boasted lit candles, placed
in the centre of the bread.
Religious faithful watched as a priest then blessed
the eggs and Easter bread ahead of Sunday when they would be
consumed as part of the Easter festivities.
On the eve of Easter Sunday worshippers streamed into
St. Mikhail's church to light candles and say a quiet prayer.
Over 80 percent of Russians are expected to take part in the
Orthodox Easter celebrations over the weekend.
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