The Holy Fire Descended In The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre In Jerusalem
The Holy Fire descended on Great Saturday on the eve of Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the conflagration occurred with a limited number of clergy and with the absence of pilgrims, who traditionally come from many countries. After the fire descends, representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church will deliver it to the Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, where it will be received by representatives of embassies or other authorized persons. The delegations will then take the fire from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport, where it will be handed over to representatives of the respective countries.
The Holy sepulcher is the main Shrine of the Christian world. It is believed that it stands on the very spot where, according to Holy Scripture, Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and then resurrected. This place was found by envoys of the Roman Emperor Constantine three centuries after the crucifixion. Every year, on the eve of Orthodox Easter, there is a miracle of the descent of the Holy Fire.
The first lamp and 33 candles are lit-according to the years of Jesus' earthly life. Throughout history, no one has managed to solve the mystery of the miracle of the descent of the Blessed fire, despite numerous attempts. Believers believe that if the fire ever does not come down, it will mark the beginning of the last times.