Orthodox Easter Traditions vs Baptist Easter

Good morning friends it is Easter Sunday morning here in Odessa, Ukraine and I want to show you a few of the differences between how the Orthodox Church celebrates Easter and how the Protestant church celebrates Easter so first we’re on our way to the Orthodox church and going to look at some of the traditions how Easter is celebrated at the Russian/Ukrainian Orthodox church which is right here across the street from our house here in Odessa. This is our local Orthodox Church and as you can see people are lining up. There’s many people here and the lines are quite long. They’re lining up to get their basket of goods blessed by the priest. They set up several tables here and each priest has holy water and he’ll douse their basket which has usually has eggs bread maybe sausage maybe some vodka in it. The people will then go out and have a picnic later and so that that’s what’s going on here everyone’s lining up to get the blessing from the priest with the holy water on their their basket of goods. A couple of things that you notice here the priest is using the holy water to to bless the things people have in their baskets and I did write a post them out of my blog I think a year or so ago I’ll try and link in the description here of why they do that or where where that comes from and also you see the candles one of the things in Orthodox tradition that is it’s kind of interesting is that they believe that every morning on Easter morning there’s a miraculous flame that appears in the empty tomb in Jerusalem and so then they take that flame and they bring it to Ukraine and Russia and all over the Orthodox world and so I think and actually I’m not sure that’s if that’s the same flame, if they have it here or not but I know that often people go to the on Easter morning to get that flame and then bring that burning candle back to their home as sort of a sign of blessing What people usually do after they go to the church in the morning is then they take their basket of blessed food and then go and have a picnic and I see some people having a picnic right here in this park unfortunately often that picnic does include a fair amount of drinking alcohol of course it’s blessed alcohol but that’s usually what the tradition traditional Easter consists of for people who call themselves Orthodox. Now, honestly there’s a lot of people that call themselves Orthodox so some people are a lot more serious about that than others but the general population here it just consists of going in the morning getting your basket blessed and then going and having a picnic drinking some wine drinking some vodka and having a good time with family and friends. I like Easter because God died for us so that we can go to heaven. What about you Naska? I like Easter because, well Jesus he died on the cross for us and went in the grave and he rose in 3 days. Now we are on our way to our church, which is a Protestant church baptist church so we’ll take a look at some of the some of the differences some of the things that we do different maybe a couple things that we do the same as as the Orthodox Church for Easter. friends that was our service and you can see it’s a bit different than what the Orthodox are doing this morning of course to be fair the Orthodox usually have a service at midnight where they have more like a worship service but I think that probably one of the main differences between our celebration of Easter and an Orthodox celebration of Easter is the emphasis upon preaching God’s Word and probably you didn’t see in that video because I didn’t film a lot of it was we had a sermon about 45 minutes long and also just a lot of different participation from different people in our church singing, reciting poetry, and things like that so more participation from different people I think also another difference between the Protestant or how we celebrate Easter and how Orthodox celebrate Easter and of course you also don’t see the blessing of the bread, the Paska bread. We will pray and we ask God to bless for things but we don’t bless them with water that’s the tradition that not exactly sure where it’s come from but is in the Orthodox Church and of course we don’t do the candles either which is also a tradition that’s an Orthodox Church. One thing we do do is we eat together and so you can see behind me we’re having a meal here and that’s just a really fun time to be able to talk with people and fellowship and also have something good to eat and remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Oh oh maybe Oh

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