The Blessing of Easter Baskets

Easter-B.B.2LRG (Custom)

On Sunday, May 5th 2013, the Greek-Catholic church of Our Lady of Damascus was literally packed with Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and other Slav faithful accompanied by their children. Since early in the morning, they flocked the church, carrying colourful Easter baskets which they placed in front of the iconostasis. At the end of Holy Liturgy, Papas George blessed the great number of baskets, after which the congregation solemnly chanted the paschal hymn Christos Anesti ek Nekron – Christ is Risen from the Dead.