Russian Astronauts Had a Blessed Orthodox Easter from Space

"Today we combine high science, advanced technology with our deep faith, with the preservation of traditions, and this helps us to remain strong, helps us to preserve our identity, to remain truly heirs of our great history. . ."

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated the Russian crew of the International Space Station via video link on Sunday afternoon.

At the request of cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergei Korsakov, he blessed them for their work and wished them good health.

For their part, the cosmonauts showed their kulich, which they prepared from what they could find on the ISS. During the conversation, the kulich [Easter bread eaten as dessert], because of zero gravity, was floating in the air all the time. In addition to the main Easter treat, there were many icons hanging in the astronauts' compartment, as well as a large Orthodox cross.

The patriarch suggested that only Russian cosmonauts fly surrounded by holy images.

"I think that our Western colleagues don't understand any of this, just as it is difficult for them to understand Russia in general. And what is most surprising, what is most important is that today we combine high science, advanced technology with our deep faith, with the preservation of traditions, and this helps us to remain strong, helps us to preserve our identity, to remain truly heirs of our great history," he said.


Source: interfax-religion.ru (Russian)

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