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Easter service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral
in Moscow, 11 April 2004 13.57

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II hands to President of Russia Vladimir Putin a candle lit from the Holy Fire brought from Jerusalem, at the Easter service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow on Saturday night. (ITAR-TASS Photo/Alexei Panov)

(1) Only one reference is found : Catholic Encyclopedia : "The last itinerarium of any consequence before the Crusades is that of the French monk Bernard, who with two of his fellow-religious visited Egypt and Palestine (868-9). He is the first to make mention of the holy fire which is now such a conspicuous feature in the Greek celebration of Holy Saturday in the church of the Holy Sepulchre."
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