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Russian Easter Mass
Russian Easter Church Service

Russian Easter Church Service

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The Russian Easter mass begins on Saturday night in a darkened church. Liturgical chanting, the lighting of candles, the ringing of church bells, and the announcement, "Christ is risen!" (Христос Воскресе!) are elements of the Russian orthodox Easter mass. Services are hours long and last until dawn.

While Orthodox church services are generally solemn affairs, the Easter mass is a joyful religious celebration. Despite the fact that it lasts for hours and Orthodox churches are devoid of pews, many people, even those who don't regularly attend church, participate in mass on Easter. It's common to see news photographs of heads of state attending Easter mass the day the Orthodox world observes Easter.

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