Alexey Pivovarov told the Easter story


Алексей Пивоваров рассказал историю Пасхи
The journalist and his colleague Olga Belova conducted an investigation on the history of the main Church holiday.

Алексей Пивоваров рассказал историю Пасхи

Alexey Pivovarov

Photo: NTV

New documentary
a film by Alexey Pivovarov and Olga Belova on NTV — “Red Easter” on the Easter and traditions
related to Russia.

Pre-Revolutionary Easter
was one of the main festivals in the city and the chief of the village. After the revolution
religious sentiment is first persecuted, then derided. Fighting
religion quickly became bloody: the priests were arrested and shot,
the parishes were broken up, and the temples one after another were converted into barns, and workshops, in
finally, in ruins.

“Getting acquainted with the characters,
circumstances, eras, referred to in the film, I learned a lot of interesting
household details — for example, why since the Soviet era made for Easter
to visit the cemetery, although it is not Orthodox, not Christian tradition, —
shares Alexey Pivovarov. Or about how varied the attitude of the Soviet government
to the Church in Stalin’s time – for example, in 1948 in Moscow
The Conservatory was permitted and conducted the concert choir of the Patriarchal, which began
with the anthem of the Soviet Union. As in any
documentaries, the most important and interesting in this film is
of course, the testimonies of descendants of those people who had
to celebrate Easter in difficult conditions and circumstances. So I was surprised
learned that in the Soviet Union there was a secret monastic community”.

From the movie “Red Easter” viewers will learn,
as on the eve of Easter on the streets of towns and villages were on duty
Komsomol patrols, which, like in the spy novels, had
to break away singly, as the rural priests had to be a conspiracy — they
until the last moment concealed, at whose house will be festive
worship…

Алексей Пивоваров рассказал историю Пасхи

Olga Belova

Photo: NTV

“In the process of preparing
the film was shot in ruined churches in abandoned villages, old
cemeteries, — says Olga Belova. — And when you learn the history
the country not just for the archives, and see it all “live” and understand what
monstrous, inhuman machine of how destroyed our country,
the fate of people…”

A separate Chapter of the film is dedicated to celebrating
Easter in the years of the great Patriotic war. Anti-religious propaganda at the time
been virtually phased out. And in April, 1942, in major cities of the country
were allowed to make an Easter procession around the temples with a lit
with candles, and in Leningrad on Easter night was lifted the curfew, and
many believers, instead of cakes consecrated pieces of bread besieged…

Alexey Pivovarov

Photo: NTV

During the Khrushchev closure and destruction of churches
resumed with renewed vigor, and normally conduct the Easter service was
impossible. And lent, for example, in those days often “disguised” under
spring diet.



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