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Easter in Tokyo 2011

Happy Easter everyone! This year, Orthodox Christians and Catholics are celebrating Easter on the same day which is a rare occasion and very special since it unites us all in the main Christian event of the year.

Last night, me and my friends went to Nikolai-do to participate in a “Крестный ход” and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was raining but by the time the procession with icons and candles went outside, the rain had stopped so we could enjoy a very nice walk around the Ochanomizu neighborhood. The bells were ringing and the night crickets were singing along with choir – it was amazing!

It was less people this year I guess due to the fact that many aren’t back yet. But for the first part of the service the church was still very packed and people who came brought a lot of stuff – eggs, cakes, wine etc. to be  sanctified with holly water. That’s my favorite part of the whole night because it brings such joy to our Archbishop Daniel and everyone is laughing and trying to get some water onto their clothes and faces. ^-^

The bible was read in 4 languages: Japanese, Russian, English and Greek. 4 priests were positioned in the center to form a cross with their bodies, each reading a bible in their own language. It was very beautiful!

Inna and me stayed all through the night.

The service ended around 4 so we had to stay on a platform for 20 mins waiting for the first morning train to come. It was sooo cold and we were hungry so we decided to eat our Easter eggs there. ^-^

Inna bought me a delicious Easter cake at Minsk restaurant and I also got beautiful Easter eggs from my friends in church.^-^

Now, that the fasting period is over I am eating all kinds of stuff which is so not good for my diet. Does anyone know a trick how to discourage myself from eating? I am constantly working out but that doesn’t seem to help at least not in a short period of time.. I HAVE to stop eating…

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  1. RETUZZI #

    Pasha….almost forgot about it here.
    Hope someday I will make myself to go to church

    April 26, 2011
    • I hadn’t gone to church for many years because I was afraid that some old lady would scold me for not being dressed properly or not standing right or walking when it is prohibited. Unfortunately, there are still people like but there are also those who are happy to help and explain everything, teach you about confession and communion and collective prayers. Priests at Nikolai-do are kind and patient and they don’t push you at all! If you are interested in going to church one day, you cannot choose a better place. ^-^ Plus, I can go with you and help the best I know how. ^-^

      April 26, 2011
  2. Your post reminds me of the time when we last visited Japan.
    We’ve been there for a week and everything about it is just awesome.
    We’re planning to visit there soon when our schedule will allow us.

    May 20, 2011
    • Thank you! Your blog is pretty good too!

      May 20, 2011

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