Photo: AFP. Share this: Clergymen hold an Orthodox Easter religious service outside a church due to the social distancing rules in Bucharest. Orthodox Easter services hit by virus Many watched services online or on television while some sidestepped virus fears to attend churches by Romain Colas April 19, 2020 April 19, 2020. Orthodox Christians, the world's third largest group of Christian believers, this year celebrate Easter a week after Catholics and Protestants because they follow a different calendar. Festive Easter service in Moscow. Every Sunday is dedicated in the Eastern Orthodox Church to the Resurrection of the Lord. Like many countries in Eastern Europe, Russians celebrate Easter with decorated eggs, special foods, and customs.For example, it's customary for many Russians to thoroughly clean their house before the Easter holidays, similar to the American version of "spring cleaning." According to Orthodox tradition, the Holy Fire is a miracle that occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter, in which a blue light emanates from within the tomb of Jesus Christ. The Greek Orthodox Church of the Midwest will host their Easter service online starting at 11 a.m. You can find more information about the service here: chicago.goarch.org . Its center of commemorations and inspiration is Easter, wherein the glorified Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated.

Orthodox Christians are gathering around the world to celebrate Easter. Last week's Easter celebrations took place in empty churches while Pope Francis live-streamed his traditional message from the Vatican as the pandemic that has killed more than 150,000 made mass worship too … Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church institutes the sanctity of the whole calendar year of the Church. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Easter according to the Orthodox calendar, and so it can occur in April or May. Followers mark their faith's most important festival day on 28 April, one week after fellow Christians.