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Holy Week around the World, 2009

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A general view of the Church of Holy Sepulchre during a Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City April 18, 2009. Millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Pascha (Easter) on Sunday. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Greek Orthodox clergy stand outside the Church of Holy Sepulchre before Palm Sunday Liturgy in Jerusalem's Old City April 12, 2009. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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Traditionally hand painted eggs for Easter are displayed for sale during a Palm Sunday fair at the Village Museum in Bucharest April 12, 2009. Romania's Orthodox majority celebrates Easter a week after the Catholics. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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In Gaza City, for example, Orthodox worshippers attended a Palm Sunday Liturgy (Source: BBC News)

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The head of Bulgaria's Orthodox Church, the 94-year-old Patriarch Maxim (C) leads the Palm Sunday service in the Alexander Nevski golden-domed cathedral in Sofia, April 12, 2009. In Bulgaria and other East Orthodox countries Easter falls a week after the Western calendar. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

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Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, Orthodox nuns  (Source: BBC)

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Traditionally hand painted eggs for Easter are displayed for sale at a fair in central Sofia April 14, 2009. Bulgaria's Orthodox majority celebrates Easter a week after the Catholics. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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The head of Bulgaria's Orthodox Church, 94-year-old Patriarch Maxim (C), leads the Holy Thursday mass at Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia April 16, 2009. In Bulgaria and other East Orthodox countries, Easter falls a week after the Western calendar. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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A woman lights candles before sunrise at a cemetery in the village of Naipu, 50km (31 miles) southwest of Bucharest, April 16, 2009. Orthodox women go to church and cemeteries early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romania tradition. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania's Orthodox majority celebrates Easter a week after the Catholics. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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Women stand in front of graves of their relatives before sunrise at a cemetery in the village of Naipu, 50km (31 miles) southwest of Bucharest, April 16, 2009. Orthodox women go to church and cemeteries early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romania tradition. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania's Orthodox majority celebrates Easter a week after the Catholics. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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The head of Bulgaria's Orthodox Church, 94-year-old Patriarch Maxim, leads the Holy Thursday service at Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia April 16, 2009. In Bulgaria and other East Orthodox countries, Easter falls a week after the Western calendar. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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A Bulgarian woman lights candles in Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia for Holy Week.

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An Orthodox faithful lights a candle during a Good Thursday mass in Athens April 16, 2009. Picture taken April 16, 2009. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis

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Christian Orthodox worshippers with crosses walk around the Stone of the Anointing, believed to be the place where Jesus' body was prepared for burial, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Eastern Church's Good Friday procession in the Old City of Jerusalem April 17, 2009. Thousands of worshippers retraced the traditional route Jesus Christ took along the Via Dolorosa to his crucifixion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Orthodox Christian worshippers carry crosses during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City April 17, 2009. Thousands of worshippers retraced the traditional route Jesus Christ took along the Via Dolorosa to his crucifixion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Serbian President Boris Tadic visits the 14th century Orthodox monastery in the western Kosovo town of Decani April 17, 2009. In his second visit since Kosovo declared independence in February 2008, Tadic called on Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo to live in peace. REUTERS/Hazir Reka

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Orthodox Christian worshippers read prayers in the Catholicon of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Eastern Church's Good Friday procession in the old City of Jerusalem April 17, 2009. Thousands of worshippers retraced the traditional route Jesus Christ took along the Via Dolorosa to his crucifixion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis 

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Orthodox Christians carry crosses inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old city April 17, 2009. Thousands of worshippers retraced the traditional route Jesus Christ took along the Via Dolorosa to his crucifixion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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Greek Orthodox priests carry a cross during a Good Friday procession through the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City April 17, 2009. Thousands of worshippers retraced the traditional route Jesus Christ took along the Via Dolorosa to his crucifixion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Greek-Orthodox Christian priests stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old city April 17, 2009.  REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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Bulgarian Orthodox priests take part in the Orthodox Good Friday service in St Nedelya church in Sofia April 17, 2009. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos takes part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 18, 2009. Millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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Worshippers hold candles in the Church of Holy Sepulchre during a Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City April 18, 2009. Millions of Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on Sunday. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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At Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham,over 30 women of the church prepared 750 Irises to be placed on the "Epitafio" or entombment of Jesus. This weekend is the celebration of the Greek Orthodox Easter. Stephanie Dikis places the flowers on the dome of the entombment.

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Young men of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the first Greek Orthodox church in the Americas, carry the epitaphio, a flower-laden coffin commemorating the burial of Jesus, for the Greek Orthodox Easter-week celebration of Good Friday April 17, 2009 in New Orleans. The flowers symbolize The congregation re-enters the church by walking under the epitaphio, a flower-laden coffin commemorating the burial of Jesus, on the Greek Orthodox Easter-week celebration of Good Friday April 17, 2009 in New Orleans. MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
 

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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Easter service at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 19, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill holds Orthodox Holy Fire candles during an Orthodox Easter service at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 19, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (L) passes by Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) and his wife Svetlana during an Orthodox Easter service at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 19, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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People walk in front of the Holly Trinity cathedral during an Orthodox Easter service in Tbilisi April 18, 2009. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

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Sister Despina, an 89 year old Greek Orthodox nun, holds candles at the Apostolos Andreas monastery in Dipkarpaz, Riso Karpaso, in the Turkish administered northern part of Cyprus, some 150 km (93 miles) east of Nicosia, April 18, 2009. Dipkarpaz is the home to Northern Cyprus' largest of Greek Cypriot community, millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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People attend an Orthodox Easter service in Tbilisi (Rep. of Georgia) April 18, 2009. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

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Sister Despina, an 89 year old Greek Orthodox nun, lights candles at the Apostolos Andreas monastery in Dipkarpaz, Riso Karpaso, in the Turkish administered northern part of Cyprus, some 150 km (93 miles) east of Nicosia, April 18, 2009. Dipkarpaz is the home to Northern Cyprus' largest of Greek Cypriot community, millions of Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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An Orthodox priest (2ndL) blesses traditional Russian Kulich cakes prepared for Easter, outside a church in Moscow April 18, 2009.REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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Orthodox worshippers light candles from Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem during Easter day service in Riga April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins