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Moscow patriarch issues Easter message

May 02, 2016

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches, has issued his Easter message.

Members of the Russian Orthodox Church, along with many other Eastern Christians, celebrated Easter this year on May 1.

“The glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus, which has become the most important event in the history of the salvation of the human race, contains the very meaning and profound essence of our faith, the heart and mighty power of the Christian message to the world,” said Patriarch Kirill.

“And yet what does it mean to celebrate Pascha in a world weighed down by pain and suffering, exhausted from war and conflict, replete with hatred and enmity?” he continued. “Undoubtedly, Pascha does not abolish the real presence of death in the cosmos, but now human pain and the tragedy of our earthly life are surmounted by the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, who has granted to us, his disciples and followers, unconquerable hope in attainment of eternal life.”

 
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