On May 5 Orthodox christians of Delhi joyfully celebrated the Resurrection of Christ. The solemn Easter service was held in the White Reception Hall of the Russian Embassy decorated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition.
More than hundred of worshippers gathered for the service, among them were employees of the Russian diplomatic mission and other organizations, compatriots permanently residing in India, citizens of the CIS and other countries. Many came together with their family members including children.
Head of the only Russian Orthodox parish in India named after St. Thomas the Apostle, Archpriest Father Gennadiy Moroz read the canon in front of the shroud being accompanied by the singing of parish choir. For those who did not speak Russian some of the prayers were also read in English.
Worshippers walked after the Archpriest through the Embassy’s garden under the trees in a religious procession. The joy of the Easter celebration was expressed by exclamations “Christ is Risen”. The service ended with the joint meal that included traditionally painted eggs, Easter cakes, paskhas.
According to the Father Gennadiy there are a lot of Orthodox christians in India – both Russian and citizens of other countries and Indians from mixed families. “We hope that the day when the first orthodox church in India is built will come soon”, he noted.
In 2012 the Russian orthodox parish in New Delhi was officially registered as the religious community in India, now it has all required legal documents and pays taxes. Regular services are held in the Embassy residential compound’s special room that has the altar, the holy sacraments, icons, candles, church books and choir.
Russia's Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin believes that the activities of the St. Thomas the Apostle parish of the Russian Orthodox church in New Delhi "promote the interconfessional dialogue that offers a key to the spiritual and intellectual enrichment of a man, religious tolerance and strengthening of mutual understanding".
“The Embassy shares and supports the initiative of the Orthodox community in New Delhi concerning the construction of the St. Thomas the Apostle church, the first Orthodox church on the Indian soil”, the Ambassador noted.
“We asked the New Delhi government to help us find the proper territory at the face value. We will continue to actively work with the Indian side on this issue”.