Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter Sunday in Miami


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Miami’s Orthodox Christian community, which includes ethnic Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Greeks and others, celebrated Easter on Sunday.

At Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Miami, the faithful gathered for traditional midnight services that included singing ‘Christ is Risen.’

Since the early fourth century, the Church has used the Julian calendar and the Jewish Passover to determine the date of Easter. This usually takes place on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This year, Easter landed on May 5.

Other Christians, who adhere to the Gregorian calendar, celebrated Easter on March 31.

“I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection,” said President Barack Obama, in a May 4 White House press release. "For millions of Orthodox Christians, this is a joyful time."

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