This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Russia: Putin attends Holy Fire ceremony in Moscow00:59

Russia: Putin attends Holy Fire ceremony in Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 4, 2013 at 22:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Putin attends Holy Fire ceremony in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the meeting of the Holy Fire on Holy Saturday at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral during the Orthodox Easter Celebration, also known as Paska.

The Holy Fire that is lit on the day preceding Easter is considered by Orthodox tradition to be a miracle, during which a blue light emanates out from the fire and spreads to light the candles of clerks and clergy in attendance.

The flame will be brought to different churches in Russia using containers similar to those that transported the Olympic flame. One of the first mentions of Holy Fire in writing by the Russian monk Daniel in 1106 AD, after he took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Putin said that the Russian Orthodox Church should have more control over the nation in February during a meeting with church bishops in Moscow. Putin had a secular upbringing in which his father was an atheist and his mother an Eastern Orthodox Christian, who had him secretly baptised at her church.

Putin has made efforts to strengthen his ties to the church since the protest punk band Pussy Riot entered Christ the Saviour Church in 2012 to sing a song imploring the Virgin Mary to "throw Putin out". This was part of a protest movement that began over allegations of voting fraud in the parliamentary elections in 2011.

Russia: Putin attends Holy Fire ceremony in Moscow00:59
Pool for subscribers only
No Account? Sign up!
Top downloads in last 24 hours
Show more
Description

Russia: Putin attends Holy Fire ceremony in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the meeting of the Holy Fire on Holy Saturday at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral during the Orthodox Easter Celebration, also known as Paska.

The Holy Fire that is lit on the day preceding Easter is considered by Orthodox tradition to be a miracle, during which a blue light emanates out from the fire and spreads to light the candles of clerks and clergy in attendance.

The flame will be brought to different churches in Russia using containers similar to those that transported the Olympic flame. One of the first mentions of Holy Fire in writing by the Russian monk Daniel in 1106 AD, after he took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Putin said that the Russian Orthodox Church should have more control over the nation in February during a meeting with church bishops in Moscow. Putin had a secular upbringing in which his father was an atheist and his mother an Eastern Orthodox Christian, who had him secretly baptised at her church.

Putin has made efforts to strengthen his ties to the church since the protest punk band Pussy Riot entered Christ the Saviour Church in 2012 to sing a song imploring the Virgin Mary to "throw Putin out". This was part of a protest movement that began over allegations of voting fraud in the parliamentary elections in 2011.