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Switzerland. Geneva. Easter at the Russian Church. The church is a lovely 19th-century Russian Orthodox church and designed in a Byzantine Moscovite style. The church’s full name is Cathédrale de l'Exaltation de la Sainte Croix. On the evening of Holy Saturday, the Midnight Office commences an hour before midnight. All light in the church building is extinguished, and believers wait outside in darkness and silence for the stroke of midnight. The Archbishop Michael (C) enters the church with two priest carrying on their heads the symbolic Holy shroud. The Holy shroud is a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man who is alleged to be Jesus of Nazareth. The cloth itself is believed by some to be the burial shroud he was wrapped in when he was buried after crucifixion.The nighttime liturgy is the celebration of the Easter Proclamation of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Archbishop Michael (Secular name - Simeon Vasilyevich Donskoff; born on 29 March 1943) is a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Archbishop of Geneva and Western Europe. Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion.The Russian church serves not only the Russian community but also Bulgarians, Serbs, Coptic Christians and other Orthodox worshippers who do not have their own church in Geneva. 15.04.17 © 2017 Didier Ruef