Greece celebrated on Holy Saturday night the Resurrection of Christ at local churches throughout the country.
In a service that started late in the evening, candle-holding crowds gather outside the church. During the liturgy, a few minutes before midnight, all the lights are turned off and the priest exits the altar holding candles lit by the Holy Fire, which arrived only a few hours earlier from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The Holy Fire is then shared with all the people inside and outside the church.
At midnight the priest announces that Christ Has Risen (“Christos Anesti”) in a mystical chant.
Christ is risen from the dead,
by death trampling death,and to those in the tombsgranting life!