On Bright Friday, April 8/21, the feast of the icon of the Mother of God – “Life-giving Spring”, Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, held Paschal services at the Community of the Resurrection of Christ in Bethany (al Azaria). On Thursday evening, Bright Vespers were served. In the morning, the sisters of the convent gathered with their elder sister, nun Maria (Wall) and with several sisters from the monastery of St. Mary Magdalene in the Church of St. Righteous Lazarus of the Four Days and his sisters Martha and Mary where Matins was sung. With spiritual joy, the sisters answered “Truly He is Risen” to Fr. Roman’s Paschal greeting. Then the Divine Liturgy was performed during which all those present communed the Holy Mysteries of Christ.
During the Liturgy, in procession, they walked around the territory of the monastery with the reading of the gospel narratives of the four evangelists about the resurrection of Christ.