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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 (L) with his mitre and a priest light candles from the perpetual lamp kept burning in the nave, then will light candles held by deacons or other assistants. Both the Archbishop Michael and the priest hold in their hands the Paschal Trikirion which is a liturgical triple-candlestick used at Easter time in the Eastern Orthodox ceremony. It is used from the commencement of the celebration of the Resurrection during the Paschal Vigil. 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