Holy Fire Ceremony - Jerusalem

The annual Orthodox Christian Holy Fire Ceremony is considered one of the holiest events for Orthodox Christians.  The ceremony which marks the day preceding the Orthodox Easter is held at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem.

 

Stone of Unction

 

The processions of tens of thousands of worshipers walk through the streets of the Old City and fill the Church and surrounding area. The Patriach enters the Tomb and emerges with a flame which is immediately used to light candle after candle held by the thousands of worshipers. Traditionally, an olive lamp is also lit, taken to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and then flown out to Orthodox communities around the world.

 

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