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Since 2003, a delegation from St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation in the Holy Land, a Moscow-based charitable organization, has flown to Israel to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and bring some of the fire back to churches in Russian Federation.

Thousands of Christian worshippers attended the ceremony of Easter's Holy Fire on Saturday (April 15) at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and lit their candles with holy fire from Jesus' tomb.

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III emerged from the recently renovated tomb, known as the Edicule, with lit candle sticks to indicate the appearance of what Christians of all sects call the holy light. The light is then taken to churches around the country and the world. Later, at midnight the Resurrection of Christ will be announced.

This year, followers of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are celebrating Easter on the same day. In 328, a historian described how, in the year 162, church officials filled oil lamps with water because there was no oil.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia delivered his traditional Easter address to hundreds of Orthodox believers gathered at Russia's main Orthodox church, Christ the Savior Cathedral, which was rebuilt in late 1990s after being demolished in 1931.


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