This last Sunday was Easter (Pascha) by the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church calendar (Sunday, April 28th). By the same calendar, on the day before, Holy Saturday, a miracle has occurred every year in Jerusalem for centuries. That is the miracle of the Holy Fire, which occurs at the tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem.
This church, also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is the place which contains both Golgatha, the hill on which Jesus Christ was crucified, as well as the tomb close to Golgatha that received Jesus’ dead body, and is same spot from which he rose from the dead.
The ceremony surrounding “The Miracle of the Holy Fire” appears to be one of the oldest recurring Christian ceremonies in the world. From the fourth century all the way up to our own time, sources recall the ceremony. [Read more…]