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Orthodox prepare to celebrate Jesus' resurrection

More than 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians, including thousands in northwest Ohio, will conclude Holy Week observances with a celebration of Pascha, or Easter, tomorrow.

Many local Orthodox Christian churches will hold Lazarus Saturday services today, celebrating Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead and foreshadowing life after death for all humanity.

Late tonight, the churches will hold Resurrectional Services in anticipation of Pascha and Christ's resurrection. The sanctuaries are darkened at midnight and then illuminated by candlelight, starting with a single Paschal candle held by the priest, who then begins spreading the light to the congregation's candles.

Tomorrow, Holy Pascha, will include an Agape Service at 1 p.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, 3754 Woodley Rd., with members of the five churches belonging to the Toledo-area Pan-Orthodox Council celebrating together. Bishop Mark Maymon will preside.

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