Holy Week prepares Christians for Easter

On Monday, Christian believers began Holy Week.At this time, the Orthodox have traditionally think of the last seven days of Jesus' life, keep the most strict fast and spend time in prayer and church attendance.On Monday, the faithful Christians began Holy Week.At this time, the Orthodox have traditionally think of the last seven days of Jesus' life, keep the most strict fast and spend time in prayer and church attendance.

Each day of Holy Week is called the Great, and it ends with one of the major religious holidays, Easter Sunday.During this period, the faithful recall the sufferings endured by Christ, moreover, said to the priests, these days the share of citizens who fall hardest tests, reports First Channel.

During Holy Week the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will make more than a dozen religious services in various temples and churches in and around Moscow.The head of the ROC will make prayers, and sacred rites, supporting the faithful in the most difficult period of the year.The most

important place of worship in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Great Monday marked the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, as well as begin the annual rite of chrism.Miro, a special blend of essential oils, the priests cook in just a few days a year - from Monday to Wednesday.Then incense sanctified and give all the churches and monasteries.

On Great Wednesday believers remember the day of Jesus' betrayal of suffering and death.On this day, Christians come to confession to repent of their sins and to ask the priests council.The next three days are the most severe in the week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the churches to read passages from the Gospels, as well as committed special ceremonies and prayers.

In Maundy Thursday Christians recall the establishment of the sacrament of communion of the Body and Blood of Christ.On Friday comes the most mournful day of the year, because it was Friday, Jesus was crucified and died on the cross for the sins of mankind.On this day the head of the Russian Orthodox Divine Liturgy with the removal of the Shroud, and will be held in the morning Matins with the rank of burial, RIA Novosti reported.

ended Primate most intense week of the traditional blessing of cakes, Easter and colored eggs, which will bring the faithful in the church on Saturday.On this day, according to legend, the body of the crucified Son of God "dwelt in the grave," and his soul went to hell, moving for a righteous people.In the evening of this day in the churches held a solemn service with a procession during which Christians congratulate each other with the Resurrection of Christ.