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Christians celebrate Easter`s Holy Fire ceremony

04.05.13 19:50

Thousands of Christian worshippers celebrated Easter`s Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem today.

The Holy Fire is considered a miracle occurring every year on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Thousands of worshippers packed into the ancient church, believed to be built on the site of Jesus Christ`s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, entered the small tomb structure of Jesus at the Holy Sepulchre Church in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday ahead of the anticipated miracle.

At exactly 2 p.m. local time every year, a sunbeam is believed to shine through the window in the ceiling of the church and light a lamp placed in the tomb. Church lights are switched off and the silence of anticipation follows.

The Patriarch then lights a few candles with the holy fire, and passes them on to worshippers inside the church.

Seconds after the Orthodox patriarch reveals the Holy Fire, it is rapidly spread throughout the church as worshippers light each other`s candles. The fire is then passed on to the worshippers who are waiting outside.

In past centuries, worshippers were expected to bring the flame back to their villages around Russia and Eastern Europe.

The holy fire will be brought to Georgia later at night today.

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