- Jul 2011
The Holy Fire (Greek Ἃγιον Φῶς, "Holy Light") is described by Orthodox Christians as a miracle that occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter.
Every year before Orthodox Easter, pilgrims from all the Orthodox countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, all the Balkan nations, Greece, etc, come to Jerusalem to witness this apparent miracle
Samples of the Holy Fire are then handed out to representatives of all the Orthodox Churches, to bring back to their nations.
Every year, samples of the Holy Fire are flown to Moscow too
and today, like every year, it arrived to Vnukovo Airport (not a huge international hub, like Domodedovo or Sheremetievo, by design, I think, the authorities don't want the huge crowds of believers waiting for the Fire to impede other traffic at those far busier airports)
As video shows, believers could light own candles with the Holy Fire
And it will later also light up the sacred torches Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Church, will use in his Easter ceremony at Christ the Savior Chathedral tomorrow
and, of course, the Fire will also be delivered to every Russian city as well.
The Holy Fire is a huge part of Orthodox Easter. Much like the eggs and bunnies over here, I guess...
Anyway, happy Easter, y'all. I know yours was a week ago and all lol
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