May 2, 2016
As Orthodox Christians across the world celebrated Easter on May 1, RT got an exclusive chance to film the grand midnight service at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in the first ever 360-video from the biggest church in Russia.
The ceremony, attended by some 5,000 people, was led by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill. Prior to the liturgy he lit candles with the ‘Holy Fire’ delivered from Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the service.
The Christians celebrate Easter after the Holy Week to commemorating the day they believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected. Catholics and Protestants celebrated Easter in April in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, while Orthodox Christians, who use the Julian calendar, celebrated it on Sunday.