Moscow, February 13, 2018
A youth rally was held on the steps of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral last night in memory of the victims of the recent plane crash outside of Moscow, in which 71 lampadas were lit in a cross shape—one for each life lost, reports Interfax-Religion.
An Antonov An-148 plane operated by Saratov Airlines, headed from Moscow to Orsk crashed near Moscow on Sunday, killing all 71 on board, including 65 passengers (including three children aged 5, 13, and 17), and 6 crew members. It is not yet clear what caused the crash.
Rally participants prayed for the departed and their family members in addition to laying out the cross-shaped lampadas formation. Volunteers will be on duty at the steps of the church over the next three days, keeping the lampadas lit.
A message from the patriarchal press service noted that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill is also praying for all the victims of the plane crash and for the strengthening of the victims’ families. He also wrote a message of condolences to the friends and relatives of the victims, reiterating his prayers and reminding them of the hope of resurrection in Jesus Christ. He also offered his condolences to His Grace Bishop Irinei of Orsk.
Clergy in Orsk and Moscow are also offering spiritual support to all who have lost their loved ones, and the Orsk Diocese has opened a hotline for that purpose, according to the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for Charity and Social Service.
Memorial services were also held in the churches throughout the Orsk Diocese, which will continue for 40 days.
Condolences have been received from His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia on behalf of the entire Serbian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Archbishop Rastislav of Prešov of the Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.