Orthodox world celebrates Easter

The Greek community finished building the church on Dorchester Street in 1952

The Greek community finished building the church on Dorchester Street in 1952

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Eyewitness News stopped by "saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church" During it's morning services. "First Sunday after the first full moon, the vernal Equinox on the calendar".

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The presence of the representatives of the Macedonian church at Sofia Airport, in a chain of events involving the "holy fire" - which Orthodox Christians are alone among Christians in believing to be a miraculous annual Easter event - is seen by many as significant.

Other years, the observances are as much as six weeks apart. The traditional liturgy at Sofia's landmark Alexander Nevsky's cathedral was to begin about a quarter of an hour before midnight, pending which the "holy fire" would be kept in a special receptacle before being distributed.

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However, this year the calendars line up so both Eastern Orthodox Christians and Western Christians are observing Holy Week at the same time. In 2005, the practice began of a government aircraft being provided to the church delegation bringing the flame (in a special safe container, considering that it is not necessarily advisable to have a naked flame overseas an aircraft) from Jerusalem.

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