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In pictures: Orthodox Easter

Holy Fire celebrations in Jerusalem

Armenian Orthodox clergymen hold candles at the Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the burial place of Jesus Christ.

Holy Fire celebrations in Jerusalem

Holy Fire forms part of the Orthodox Easter, with the fire representing Christ's resurrection.

Orthodox celebrations in Bethlehem

Orthodox Bishop Theophylaktos hands out more holy light to Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem.

Orthodox patriarch in Moscow

In Moscow, Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II releases a dove at Christ the Saviour Cathedral to mark Annunciation Day.

Russian Orthodox priest in Moscow

Also in Moscow, an Orthodox priest blesses cakes and eggs.

Orthodox celebrations in St Petersburg

In St Petersburg, Orthodox worshippers hold up more eggs and cakes for blessing.

Orthodox celebrations in Sofia

And more eggs - this time giant ones for the celebrations in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.






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