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The Holy Fire descended in Jerusalem: how it all happened. Photo

Maryna PohorilkoWorld
The Holy Fire descended in Jerusalem. Source: Ternopil Diocese of the OCU

On Saturday, May 4, on the eve of Easter, the Holy Fire descended from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The miracle traditionally took place in the place where Jesus Christ was buried, under the supervision of delegations from all Christian churches.

As usual, on the eve of Holy Saturday, all the candles, lamps, and panicles were extinguished in the Church of the Resurrection. On Saturday morning, delegations of Christian churches visited the chapel on the Holy Sepulcher and then sealed it.

Holy Fire 2024
The believers quickly passed the fire to each other.
Believers with candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Representatives of seven Christian denominations (Orthodox, Armenian, Catholic, Greek Catholic, Coptic, and Protestant) were waiting for the Holy Fire to descend under the walls of the church. When it did, the patriarch lit and took out 33 candles, symbolizing the number of years of Jesus Christ's earthly life. Now the clergy will take the miracle from the Holy Land home.

How believers waited for the fire to come down.
The fire of grace. May 4, 2024

The Holy Fire is God's mercy for people. Believers believe that this fire, brought from heaven, is a sign of new life and light that conquers darkness. After the Easter fire is lit, it is believed that this grace spreads among the faithful and will bring them blessings for the coming year. It is believed that if the fire does not go out, it will indicate the approach of the end of the world.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

– Christians believe that prayers said on Easter have a special power and can even heal diseases. Earlier, our publication published the most powerful Easter prayers for peace in Ukraine, health, healing, and prosperity.

– To calculate how many eggs to dye, people used to focus on the number of family members. Each person at the Easter table was supposed to get one Easter egg.

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