The congratulatory message reads, in part:
“The great holiday of Easter symbolises the triumph of life, good and love, and has immense moral significance. It evokes faith, hope and inspires people to do good and help the neighbour. It brings people together around spiritual values and ideals. These days of spring are filled with joy and help us seize the importance of our long-standing traditions and customs.
It is with satisfaction that I note the tireless efforts by the Russian Orthodox Church to strengthen social harmony, support the institution of family and educate the younger generation, as well as its contribution toward overcoming pressing social challenges. The Russian Orthodox Church should be praised for its extensive and multi-faceted work.”
Vladimir Putin attended the night Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the service. According to tradition, the President and the Patriarch each gave the other an Easter present.