Happy Easter! We join the Orthodox celebrations of the Easter Message of hope to the World: Reuters

Happy Easter! We join the Orthodox celebrations of the Easter Message of hope to the World

 

Herland Report: Happy Easter! We join the Orthodox celebrations of the Easter Message of hope to the World: The Orthodox Christian world in the Middle East and in Russia as well as within many other countries today celebrate Easter, as the holy fire ascended yesterday in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem yesterday.

Patriarch Theophilos III led the celebrations as the fire was transported to other Orthodox nations.

Watch the spectacular video from Jerusalem, as the crowds cheer inside the Holy Sepulchre church, which is built on the site where Jesus cross once stood, known as the place of Golgatha for Protestants. The honorable Patriarch Theophilos III brought the fire from within the church out to the cheering crowds.

 

He is Risen - to all our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox world: Reuters
Happy Easter! We join the Orthodox celebrations of the Easter Message of hope to the World. Patriarch Kirill in Moscow. Reuters.

 

Happy Easter! We join the Orthodox celebrations of the Easter Message of hope to the World: RT writes: The Holy Fire appeared in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, a day before Orthodox Easter. With Israel easing Covid-19 restrictions, hundreds of worshipers flocked to the church for the ceremony.

RT writes that “Orthodox Christians believe that once a year, blue light emits from the tomb of Jesus Christ deep inside the church. It then turns into a flaming column, which the clerics use to light candles in order to pass the fire to the pilgrims.

 

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The ceremony, which symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus, usually gathers tens of thousands of worshipers, but in 2020, it was marred by the harsh coronavirus measures. Last year, when Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III emerged from the building carrying the flame, the courtyard was largely empty, with only a few clerics in face masks and Israeli police officers attending.

This time, the ‘miracle’ was witnessed by a much larger crowd, as Israel has eased restrictions on gatherings in recent months, following a record vaccination drive which has seen more than half of the population vaccinated against Covid-19.”

The Holy Fire will be flown to a dozen countries, including Russia, Greece, Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, and Georgia. Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church have been waiting for the lamp with the flame at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to deliver it to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow for the Easter service.

 

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