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‘Miracle’ Holy Fire Taken From Jerusalem to the World [VIDEO] – ISRAEL TODAY

Corona restrictions offer rare unencumbered look at annual Orthodox Christian ceremony

April 19, 2020 | Israel Today Staff

Orthodox Christians on Saturday performed their annual ceremony during which “holy fire” is said to miraculously descend on the place where Jesus is believed to have been buried.

The coronavirus restrictions offered a rare opportunity to get an unencumbered look at the event inside the halls of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem. Typically, thousands of local Christians and foreign pilgrims pack the church for the ceremony, making it all but impossible to see what’s happening with the “holy fire.”

What one can usually see is Christians from the various rival Orthodox churches getting into physical altercations as they jockey for position.

But this year, only priests and high-level representatives of the different churches were allowed inside. And they then quickly transferred the supposedly divine flames to waiting cars that then took the burning candles to Ben Gurion Airport. Israel has halted all air traffic to and from the Jewish state, but allowed these special flights so that the “holy fire” might still make its way back to Orthodox Christian countries like Greece, Russia, Bulgaria and Armenia.Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

An Orthodox clergyman carries “holy fire” through Jerusalem’s Old City en route to Ben Gurion Airport.Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Israeli police officers escort the Holy Fire on its journey from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Not sure it’s a good idea to have an open flame in a closed vehicle. But anything for a “miracle,” right?Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

Local Jerusalem Christians share the divine flame with friends and family.Want more news from Israel?
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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I, through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid and social media support, Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 26 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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