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These intricate Ukrainian eggs, popular at Easter but available year-round, are wooden and decorated with seeds in traditional Ukrainian patterns and original designs. (MCC photo by Melissa Engle)

These intricate Ukrainian eggs, popular at Easter but available year-round, are wooden and decorated with seeds in traditional Ukrainian patterns and original designs. (MCC photo by Melissa Engle)

Lenten prayers from around the world - Ukraine

03/17/2010

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This week, we bring you a Ukrainian reading of the Lord’s prayer – a prayer that links Christian communities and traditions around the world.

In Ukraine and Russia, Easter follows the Orthodox Calendar, says Iryna Degtiarova, an MCC staff member in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. This year, Easter Sunday will be April 4, which coincides with the Sunday that many churches in Canada and the U.S. celebrate Easter.
 
There are church services and communion on the Friday before Easter – which translates from the Russian as “Passion Friday.” But people generally work on this day, Degtiarova notes.
 
In Orthodox tradition, Easter worship starts on Saturday evening and lasts all night long. Very early in the morning, some Orthodox believers will bring their Easter bread and Easter eggs to the Orthodox church so that the priest can sprinkle them with holy water, Degtiarova says. After that, they return home and they are permitted to eat the bread. People are off work on Monday to celebrate the second day of Easter.
 
The Lord’s Prayer is used during Easter and Lent in Ukraine and Russia but also throughout the year.