Old Photos: Russian Orthodox Easter

According to the original Life Magazine article published in 1952 these photos were taken in the Cathedral of Holy Virgin Protection in New York. In Russian Easter is called “Pascha“; after the all-night vigil the believers declare “Christ is Risen!” and everyone responds “Indeed, He is risen!”.

©Time. Ralph Morse.

©Time. Ralph Morse.

©Time. Ralph Morse.

©Time. Ralph Morse.

©Time. Ralph Morse.

©Time. Ralph Morse.

The rest of the photos.

Russian icon depicting the resurrection. (source)


Sergei Rachmaninov: Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31

  • I believe that this year both the Eastern and Western Easters are on the same day.

  • True. You can still make it to the Russian church at 119 and Pflum, I think they are pulling an all-nighter.

  • I am wondering what percentage of Russians were Christian, and what percentage were Jews. Do you know?

  • There were close to 200 nationalities in the USSR. Russians are mostly Orthodox Christians. Jewish population of the Soviet Union was something like 6%. Other nationalities were anything from catholic to Buddhist.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_Soviet_Union

  • nuke

    All I can say is that I totally cracked up on the second picture. I know, not very mature. But there is a guy just to the right, in the crowd holding his hand up to his face making a “whew, the priest just ripped one” face.