Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Mass at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow as the country's Orthodox believers celebrate Easter. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Easter service in Moscow was held in the late hours of Saturday ending on Sunday early morning in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill led the service which was attended by several hundred people including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. Easter is Christianity's most important holiday which symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Fire from Jerusalem was delivered to Moscow late on Saturday and was carried by priests around the cathedral after which the Patriarch announced the resurrection of Christ with greeting: "Christ has risen!" Easter greetings were later offered to the congregation inside the cathedral. The Holy Fire is lit every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on the day preceding Orthodox Easter and is believed by Orthodox Christians to be a miracle. Once lit in Russia's main cathedral in Moscow, the Holy Fire is traditionally delivered to regional centers across Russia.