Easter’s holy fire ritual echoes with drumbeats in Jerusalem
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 20:31
Jerusalem: The sound of drumbeats and hymns and light from thousands of candles and torches filled Christianity's holiest shrine as Orthodox faithful celebrated Easter Week's holy fire ritual.

According to Christian belief, Jesus was crucified and buried at the site in Jerusalem's Old City where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands.

Orthodox Christians believe a holy fire appears spontaneously from Jesus' tomb on the day before the Orthodox Easter. The fire is seen a message that Jesus has not forgotten his followers.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in the Holy Land descended today with other Orthodox clergy into the tomb.

After the flame appeared there, he passed it to believers inside the church's main hall, who rushed to light their own candles and torches.


First Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 20:31

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