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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Christian Church Services Observing Holy Week

If Easter Sunday means more to you than the Easter Bunny, jelly beans and brunch at an upscale hotel, or if you're new to town and are interested in non-Russian Orthodox places of worship, Moscow's thriving Christian communities have a plethora of services to offer this week.

Regardless of your religious affiliation, you can choose among Easter services at a variety of locations that range from a steadfast Catholic Mass in a cathedral to the relaxed nondenominational Christian prayer meeting held in a dom kultury, or house of culture, or even an old movie theater.


St. Andrew's Church (8 Voznesensky Pereulok, metro Tverskaya, Arbatskaya, 229-0990) is one of the city's oldest Western churches, dating back to 1884. The church's chaplain, Reverend Canon Dr. Simon Stephens, estimates the size of his community at 130 to 150 people and called it a "blessed international diplomatic community" representing 20 to 25 nations. Reverend Stephens predicts "standing-room only for Sunday's service" and invites everyone to attend. All services are in English.

St. Andrew's will hold prayer evenings led by Reverend Stephens on Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 6:30 p.m. followed by a special Holy Week Liturgy and the Eucharist at 7 p.m. Easter vigil on Holy Saturday is at 9:30 p.m. and morning prayer begins on Easter Sunday at 8 a.m. followed by recited communion at 8:30 a.m. A sung Eucharist is at 10 a.m. Throughout Holy Week, prayer sessions will be held at 8:30 a.m.


The International Baptist Fellowship worships at the Moscow Economic School (29 Zamorenova Ulitsa, metro Ulitsa 1905 Goda, 129-3271). Services are in English. A Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. (call for information about location). Everyone is welcome to attend Easter Sunday services at 11 a.m. for communion and to hear Pastor Don Lee's Easter message from the Book of John. A special music-filled praise and worship service will be held at 6 p.m.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites everyone to attend Easter celebrations at 10 a.m. at the Dom Kultury Krasny Oktyabr (7 Vishnovaya Ulitsa, metro Tushchinskaya, 198-1018). The service will include talks and choir performances. Easter Sunday services will also be held at 9 a.m. at 21 Ulitsa Moskvorechye, metro Kashirskaya. On Saturday, young women aged 12 to 17 are invited to bake cookies.


Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy is an organization consisting of 20 different Protestant denominations. Founded in 1962 under the authority of the U.S. Embassy, it is now an independent religious organization with approximately 275 members. Services are held at the Federation of Peace and Consent (38 Prospekt Mira, metro Prospekt Mira, 143-3562). Childcare is available at all services, which are in English.

A Maundy Thursday service of foot washing and Holy Communion will be held at 7:30 p.m. and a Good Friday service will be held at 3 p.m. An Easter Sunday service of Holy Communion will be held at 10:30 a.m. The Chaplaincy runs a soup kitchen providing 1,500 free meals a day at four locations in Moscow. On Easter Monday, the soup kitchen will distribute small gifts to its clients.

Roman Catholic

Father Sergei at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cathedral (27 Malaya Gruzinskaya Ulitsa, metro Krasnopresnenskaya, 255-3911) estimates the size of Moscow's practicing Catholic community at 10,000. Most Catholics are Polish or Russian having historic roots in Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Belarus and Ukraine.

The Cathedral holds Mass on Holy Thursday and Good Friday at 7 p.m. against the backdrop of vaulted ceilings, a pipe organ and stained glass windows. The Stations of the Cross will be said Friday after Mass. Holy Saturday vigil begins at 9 p.m. and Easter Sunday Mass will be said at 9 a.m. and noon in Polish, 10 a.m. in Russian, 1 p.m. in Korean, 1:30 p.m. in Spanish and 3 p.m. in English.

St. Louis Catholic Church (12A Ulitsa Malaya Lubyanka, metro Lubyanka, 925-2034) will hold an evening Mass of the Lord's supper on Holy Thursday at 6:30 p.m. On Good Friday at 3 p.m., parishioners will be led in the Stations of the Cross and at 6:30 p.m. the Celebration of the Lord's Passion. An Easter vigil is scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Easter Mass is Sunday at 8 a.m. in Latin, 9:30 a.m. in English and 10:30 a.m. in French.

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