If you are not Orthodox and you haven't read this post, you should probably read it before this one. It gives the explanation for what you will see in pictures in this post. Thanks to Cindy Ralston for the beautiful pictures, which, though absolutely wonderful, still do not do justice to actually being there -- come and see!
The Resurrection Service begins. Father Andrew brings out the Paschal candle to light the darkness (note the Royal Doors are closed).
"Come ye, take light from the Light, that is never overtaken by night....."
The congregation gathers at the front doors in anticipation.
"Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!" Note the open doors -- the tomb has been rent! Throughout Bright Week, both the Royal Doors and the Deacon doors will remain open at all times signifying the empty tomb.
The little entrance....
Venerating the Gospel book.