The Holy Fire from Jerusalem arrived at Moscow’s Vnukovo-1 Airport on Saturday evening greeted by hundreds of believers, RIA Novosti reported.
The Holy Fire that is lit every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on the day preceding Orthodox Easter is believed by Orthodox Christians to be a miracle.
From Moscow the Holy Fire, which pilgrims say does not burn in the first minutes after it has been lit, is “distributed” among churches in containers similar to those used to transport the Olympic flame.
This year it will be taken to the Kuril Islands for the first time.
Every Orthodox church in Russia holds Paschal liturgies on the night of Holy Saturday that last well into Easter morning.