On the night of May 1 to 2 in the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Nativity Monastery in Vladimir the main Easter celebrations took place. The service was conducted by Metropolitan Tikhon; among the guests of honor were Governor Vladimir Sipyagin, his first deputy Alexander Remiga, and other officials.
“The Easter service begins shortly before midnight with the sequence of Midnight Mass, at the end of which the Shroud, symbolizing the Body of the Savior, is transferred to the altar, where it rests on the throne until the day of the Paschal feast. Traditionally at midnight the procession through the monastery began.
One of the main features of Easter Matins is the canon. Each of its songs is accompanied by the recitation and joyful greetings of the clergy, “Christ is risen,” to which all those praying responded, “Truly risen. The celebrations were followed by a Divine Liturgy,” reported the press service of the Vladimir Diocese.
Note that the mask regime at the service was not respected by either the officials or the rank-and-file visitors standing in the dense crowd.