Today is Paskha – Easter Sunday – for followers of the Eastern Orthodox churches, including of course in Russia.
This is because, with their typical reverence for tradition and stability – they follow the old calendar.
”What’s important is that Christians celebrate Easter and commemorate the Resurrection of Christ,” said the Rev. Paul Costopoulos, dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Holy Trinity-Holy Cross, where candles in a darkened church mark the first moments of Easter.
During the midnight Resurrection service, Orthodox Christians greet each other early Sunday morning with the traditional exchange: “Christ is risen,” one will say. “Truly He is arisen,” another will respond, often in Greek or Russian.