Thousands of Orthodox Christians pilgrims and locals have gathered in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Saturday morning awaiting for the Holy Light or Holy Fire.
The Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
Watch Live the Holy Fire ceremony from the Tomb of Jesus – the official ceremony starts at 2 o’ clock Greek local time, or 3 pm Israel time.
The Armenian and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchs lead the ceremony, however, it is only the Greek Orthodox who goes alone in the chapel and receives the Holy Light.
In case, you missed the live moment of the Orthodox Miracle, here is footage exceprt form the most sacred moment in Eastern Orthodoxy: Holy Fire 2018
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Greek local time, the Miracle happened again.
The Holy Fire has descended in Church of Holy Sepulcher.
Thousands took the Light from the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, Theofilos
The Holy Fire is the most renowned miracle in the world of Eastern Orthodoxy. It has taken place at the same time, in the same manner, in the same place every single year for centuries. No other miracle is known to occur so regularly and so steadily over time. It happens in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the holiest place on earth, where Christ was crucified, entombed, and where He finally rose from the dead.
It is a real miracle as it occurs at Holy Saturday noon, although the date varies each and every year.
A blue light emanates within Jesus Christ’s Tomb. It is said that the light rises from the marble slab covering the stone bed believed to be that upon which Jesus’ body was placed for burial.
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem goes alone in the Holy Sepulchre, the small chapel. He wears a plain white robe and holds two candles. The clergy has previously secured that he has no lighter, matches or anything else with which he could light the 33 candles he holds.
“The Patriarch is inside the chapel kneeling in front of the stone, there is darkness but far from silence outside. One hears a rather loud mumbling, and the atmosphere is very tense.
When the miracle happen the Patriarch lights the candles, exits the small room and distributes the Holy Light to the clergy and the pilgrims.
“When the Patriarch comes out with the two candles lit and shining brightly in the darkness, a roar of jubilation resounds in the Church.”
The Holy Light arrives in Athens at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.