Close
Log in
Please enter your login details

Skip to main content

Breaking News
  • Finland: Timo Soini,  leader of the eurosceptic Finns party picked by incoming PM Sipila as new foreign and Europe minister (Reuters)
  • EU asks member states to admit 40,000 asylum seekers (AFP)
  • Madagascar president criticises the handling of impeachment vote against him, says in a radio speech nation needs stability (Reuters)
  • The European Commission sets out plans to relocate 40,000 migrants, currently in Greece and Italy, to other EU states (EC)
  • Swiss Federal office of Justice says it has ordered blocking of accounts related to FIFA probe at several banks in Switzerland (Reuters)
  • One Ukrainian serviceman killed, eight wounded in past 24 hours in eastern Ukraine (Kyiv military via Reuters)
  • Madagascar’s Parliament votes to impeach president (Reuters)
Facebook Twitter Google+ Reddit
‘Holy Fire’ ceremony in Jerusalem ushers in Orthodox Easter
close share panel

Share this article

Twitter Facebook

Tens of thousands of pilgrims have visited the Old City of Jerusalem impatient to observe what the faithful see as the miracle of the ‘Holy Fire’ ceremony.

The event takes place on the eve of the Orthodox Church’s Easter when a lamp placed in the tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is mysteriously lit.

Immediately candles take up the flame and the ‘Holy Fire’ is rapidly passed among worshipers.

Traditionally, an olive lamp is also lit and transferred as soon as possible to the West Bank town of Bethlehem. The flame is then taken to other Christian cities and villages and flown out to Orthodox communities throughout the world.

At the heart of the ceremony is the belief that the ‘Holy Flame’ is lit through divine intervention in the form of a sun beam shining through the ceiling into the sacred Jerusalem Church.

More about:

Check out today's top stories