The Blessed Flame was delivered by a charter flight from The Tomb of the Lord to St. Petersburg prior to the divine service. Dozens of believers came to Pulkovo to greet the delegation. Part of the flame was brought in special capsules by members of the Center for the National Glory and the Andrey Pervozvannyi Fund. The Russian delegation had spent 8 hours in the line back in Israel to get the Blessed Flame.
Zalina Medoeva, vice-president of the “Center for the National Glory”: “The number of people who came was astonishing. This year it was something special. Our delegation was diluted by pilgrims from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. There was also the official delegation from the Serbian government, this year we were closer than ever”
Vasiliy Gerello, renowned artist: “You know, it’s a divine blessing! We spent 8 hours at the Temple, but it felt like a second. You can’t describe it, you have to feel it”
The Flame was put into little lanterns from the capsules right at the airport – so that by midnight those would spread across temples and churches of St. Petersburg. The relic was brought into the Kazanskiy Cathedral with a police escort. Half past eleven, the Blessed Flame was delivered to the altar and the Easter service began. It was held by the Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofiy and it was attended by several thousand people. After which the believers walked around the Cathedral in a sacred procession
Easter rounds up the Great Lent, which had lasted for 48 days – since February 23rd. As per tradition, Christians gather at a feast which necessarily has painted eggs, pies and cream, sanctified at a church on Saturday. The feast doesn’t end after eggs and pies were eaten, you can celebrate it the whole week. During these days, doors will be opened in all temples and churches – as a sign of the fact that Jesus opened the gates to haven for all, having sacrificed his own life.