Holy Fire Descends in Jerusalem

Society | April 23, 2011, Saturday // 16:10|  views

Thousands witnessed the miracle in Jerusalem. Photo by EPA

The miracle of the Holy Fire happened once again before the eyes of tens of thousands of  Christian pilgrims who gathered in Jerusalem Saturday.

The Holy Fire that is lit every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on the day preceding Orthodox Easter is believed by Orthodox Christians to be a miracle. It is considered by many to be the longest-attested annual miracle in the Christian world. Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem and helpers distributed particles of the Flame to thousands of people in the congregation around.

In 2011, Easter is celebrated the same day for all Christians so the number of devoted is especially big.

A Bulgarian Orthodox Church delegation will board the government's "Falcon" aircraft and head to Jerusalem to collect the Holy Fire, which will be used in the "Alexander Nevski" cathedral in Sofia for the Saturday midnight service.

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