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Holy Fire Goes out in Jerusalem on Easter Saturday


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18 April 2009- Holy Fire Saturday
 All Jerusalem Christians were
denied entry to the Holy Sepulcher

This Holy Fire Saturday 2009,
for the first time in 300 years
 Israel prevents all local Jerusalemite
Christians from accessing freely
 the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
 and the Old City of Jerusalem.

For the fifth year Israeli forces
built up check points around the
area surrounding the Church of
the Holy Sepulcher but for the
first time barred local Christians from normally performing their prayers and practicing ancient
 traditions. The Israeli authorities is imposing this new arrangement of blocking the movement
 to the Church in this Holy day which changes the Status Quo, that has been the norm for the past
 three hundred years.

The celebration procedures are part of a Law that has been in place since 300 years.
That law, known as the Status Quo Agreement, regulates the celebrations, and according
to that Law, local Christians have the right to access the Patriarchate and St. Jacob Cathedral.
Preventing worshipers from entering is a violation of the Status Quo Agreement.

The lack of coordination between the different Churches in Jerusalem is coming to
the advantage of the Israeli authorities, who have for so long acted in a divide and
rule manner. The price today is being paid dearly by the indigenous Jerusalem
Christians whom are being pushed to leave their home and City and Holy Places.

It is becoming obvious that local Palestinians and especially Christian Palestinian
 are being singled out. Less than a week ago, thousands of Jewish worshipers
flocked in the Old City of Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover - Pesach. Israel
 has granted full access to all Jewish worshipers wishing to arrive to the Holy City.

The number of Palestinian Christians who arrive to the Old City for Easter
does not exceed few hundreds, and they ought to be allowed to access freely
 their Holy Sites that Israel controls by force. Jerusalem should never be left
to one party to rule over it. Especially a party that is eager to use brutal power
 against women and children celebrating the Holy Easter. Today, just like last
year, children and elderly people were humiliated and brutally blocked
from celebrating this Holy day.

The local Christian community were all blocked today to pave the way
 for the tourists and pilgrims. The space was never the issue. The Church
of the Holy Sepulcher has hosted all of the worshipers (locals, pilgrims,
 and tourists) without any reported incidents. Such violations by the state
of Israel should stop. The steps taken against Palestinian Christians are illegal.
We call upon the Consulates, Embassies, Christian Churches and
organizations, and human rights organizations, to intervene
 immediately, so these atrocities in Jerusalem will end.


 (ISRAEL OUT) Orthodox Christians light candles during the Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on April 3, 2010 in Jerusalem, Israel. The Church is celebrated annually the day before Easter as the site where Jesus was buried after being crucified.

How It Happens!

I enter the tomb and kneel in holy fear in front of the place where Christ lay after

 His death and where He rose again from the dead... (narrates Orthodox Patriarch Diodor - ed.).

I find my way through the darkness towards the inner chamber in which I fall on my knees.Miracle of God. At a certain point the light rises and forms a column in which the fire is of a different nature... See also a line of lights at bottom-left

Here I say certain prayers that have

 been handed down to us through the

centuries and, having said them, I wait.

Sometimes I may wait a few minutes,

but normally the miracle happens immediately

 after I have said the prayers. From the core

 of the very stone on which Jesus lay an

 indefinable light pours forth. It usually

has a blue tint, but the colour may change

 and take many different hues. It cannot be described in human terms.


The light rises out of

the stone as mist may rise out of a lake — it almost looks as if the stone is covered by a moist

cloud, but it is light. This light each year behaves differently. Sometimes it covers just the stone,

while other times it gives light to the whole sepulchre, so that people who stand outside

the tomb and look into it will see it filled with light. The light does not burn —

I have never had my beard burnt in all the sixteen years I have been Patriarch

 in Jerusalem and have received the Holy Fire. The light is of a different consistency

 than normal fire that burns in an oil lamp...


 At a certain point the light rises

and forms a column in which the fire is of a different nature, so that I am able

 to light my candles from it. When I thus have received the flame on my candles,

I go out and give the fire first to the Armenian Patriarch and then to the

 Coptic. Hereafter I give the flame to all people present in the Church."

While 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 Patriarch

comes out with the two candles lit and shining brightly in the darkness,

a roar of jubilee resounds in the Church.


The Holy Light is not only distributed by the Archbishop, but operates also by itself.

 It is emitted from the Holy Sepulchre with a hue completely different

 from that of natural light. It sparkles, it flashes like lightning, it flies

 like a dove around the tabernacle of the Holy Sepulchre, and lights

up the unlit lamps of olive oil hanging in front of it.


It whirls from one

 side of the church to the other. It enters some of the chapels inside the

church, as for instance the chapel of the Calvery (at a higher level than the

Holy Sepulchre) and lights up the little lamps. It lights up also the candles of certain

 pilgrims. In fact there are some very pious pilgrims who, every time they

attended this ceremony, noticed that their candles lit up on their own accord!

his divine light also presents some peculiarities: As soon as it

appears it has a bluish hue and does not burn.


At the first

moments of its appearance, if it touches the face, or the mouth,

or the hands, it does not burn. This is proof of its divine

 and supernatural origin. We must also take into

 consideration that the Holy Light appears only by the

 invocation of an Orthodox Archbishop.


The miracle is not confined to what actually happens inside the little tomb,

where the Patriarch prays. What may be even more significant, is that

 the blue light is reported to appear and be active outside the tomb.

Every year many believers claim that this miraculous light ignites candles,

 which they hold in their hands, of its own initiative.


All in the

 church wait with candles in the hope that they may ignite

spontaneously. OOften unlit oil lamps catch light by

themselves before the eyes of the pilgrims.

The blue flame is seen to move in different places in the Church.

A number of signed testimonies by pilgrims, whose

 candles lit spontaneously, attest to the validity of these ignitions.

 The person who experiences the miracle from close up by

having the fire on the candle or seeing the blue light usually

 leaves Jerusalem changed, and for everyone having

attended the ceremony, there is always a "before and after"

 the miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem.

up to content How old is the wonder?

The first writtenaccount of the Holy Fire (Holy Light) dates

 from the fourth century, but authors write about events that

 occurred in the first century. So Ss. John Damascene and

Gregory of Nissa narrate how the Apostle Peter saw the Holy

 Light in the Holy Sepulchre after Christ's resurrection.



can trace the miracle throughout the centuries in the many

 itineraries of the Holy Land." The Russian abbot Daniel, in his

 itinerary written in the years 1106-07, presents the "Miracle

 of the Holy Light" and the ceremonies that frame it in a very

detailed manner. He recalls how the Patriarch goes into the

 Sepulchre-chapel (the Anastasis) with two candles.



Patriarch kneels in front of the stone on which Christ was laid

after his death and says certain prayers, at which point the miracle

occurs. Light proceeds from the core of the stone - a blue,

indefinable light which after some time kindles unlit oil lamps as

well as the Patriarch's two candles. This light is "The Holy Fire",

and it spreads to all people present in the Church.


The ceremony surrounding "The Miracle of the Holy Fire"

may be the oldest unbroken Christian ceremony in the world.

From the fourth century A.D. all the way up to our own time,

sources recall this awe-inspiring event.


From these sources it

 becomes clear that the miracle has been celebrated on the same

 spot, on the same feast day, and in the same liturgical

 frame throughout all these centuries.

Miracle of God. The Orthodox Patriarch was standing ... near the left column, when the Holy Light split this column vertically and flashed near the Orthodox PatriarchEvery time heterodox have tried to obtain the

 Holy Fire they have failed. Three such attempts are

 known. Two occured in the twelfth century

 when priests of the Roman church tried to

force out the Orthodox church but by their

 own confession these ended with God's punishment.


 But the most miraculous event occured in

 the year 1579, the year when God clearly

 testified to whom alone may be given His miracle.

"Once the Armenians (monophysites - ed.)


 paid the Turks, who then occupied the Holy Land,

 in order to obtain permission for their Patriarch

to enter the Holy Sepulchre, the Orthodox Patriarch was standing sorrowfully

 with his flock at the exit of the church, near the left column, when the

Holy Light split this column vertically and flashed near the Orthodox Patriarch.



A Muslim Muezzin, called Tounom, who saw the miraculous event from an adjacent

 mosque, immediately abandoned the Muslim religion and became an Orthodox Christian.

This event took place in 1579 under Sultan Mourad IV, when the Patriarch

of Jerusalem was Sophrony IV.(The above mentioned split column still


exists. It dates from the twelfth century. The Orthodox pilgrims

 embrace it at the "place of the split" as they enter the church).[


Turkish warriors stood on the wall of a building

close to the gate and lightning-struck column .

When he saw this striking miracle he cried that Christ

is truly God and leaped down from a height of about ten meters.


But he was not killed-the stones under him became as soft as wax

 and his footprint was left upon them. The Turks tried to

 scrape away these prints but they could not destroy them;

so they remain as witnesses .


He was burned by the Turks near the Church. His remains,

gathered by the Greeks, lay in the monastery of

Panagia until the 19th century shedding chrism.

Muslims, who deny the Passion, Crucifixion and


Resurrection of Christ, tried to put obstacles in the way of the miracle.

Well known Muslim historian Al Biruni wrote:


"… a (note: Muslim) governor brought a copper wire instead

of a wick (note: for the self lighting oil lamps),

in order that it wouldn't ignite and the whole thing would fail to occur.

But as the fire descended, the copper burned."


This was not the only attempt. The report written by the

English chronicler, Gautier Vinisauf, describes what happened in the year 1192.

"In 1187, the Saracens under the direction of Sultan Salah

ad-Din took Jerusalem. In that year, the Sultan desired to be

 present at the celebration, even though he was not a Christian.


Gautier Vinisauf tells us what happened: "On his arrival, the

 celestial fire descended suddenly, and the assistants were

deeply moved...the Saracens... said that the fire which they

 had seen to come down was produced by fraudulent means.


 Salah ad-Din, wishing to expose the imposter, caused the lamp,

which the fire from Heaven had lighted, to be extinguished, but

the lamp relit immediately. He caused it to be extinguished a

second time and a third time, but it relit as of itself.



 the Sultan, confounded, cried out in prophetic transport:

'Yes, soon shall I die, or I shall lose Jerusalem.'

up to contentA miracle that is unknown in the West

One can ask the question of why the miracle of the Holy Fire

 is almost unknown in Western Europe. In Protestant areas it may,

to a certain extent, be explained by the fact that there is no real

 tradition of miracles; people don't really know in which box to

place the miracles, and they rarely feature in newspapers.


 But in the Catholic tradition there is vast interest in miracles.

Thus, why is it not more well known? For this only one

explanation suffices: Church politics. Only the Orthodox

 Churches attend the ceremony which is centered on the miracle.


 It only occurs on the Orthodox date of Easter and

without the presence of any Catholic authorities.

up to content The question of the authenticity of the miracle

As with any other miracle there are people who believe it is a fraud and

nothing but a masterpiece of Orthodox propaganda. They believe the

Patriarch has a lighter inside of the tomb. These critics, however, are


confronted with a number of problems. Matches and other means of

ignition are recent inventions. Only a few hundred years ago lighting


 a fire was an undertaking that lasted much longer than the few minutes

 during which the Patriarch is inside the tomb. One then could perhaps

say, he had an oil lamp burning inside, from which he kindled the candles,


 but the local authorities confirmed that they had checked

the tomb and found no light inside it.


The best arguments against a fraud, however, are not the testimonies

of the shifting Patriarchs. The biggest challenges confronting the critics

are the thousands of independent testimonies by pilgrims whose candles


 were lit spontaneously in front of their eyes without any possible explanation.

According to our investigations, it has never been possible to film

any of the candles or oil lamps igniting by themselves. However,


 I am in the possession of a video filmed by a young engineer from

Bethlehem, Souhel Nabdiel. Mr. Nabdiel has been present at the

ceremony of the Holy Fire since his early childhood. In 1996


 he was asked to film the ceremony from the balcony of the

dome of the Church. Present with him on the balcony were a

nun and four other believers. The nun stood at the right hand


 of Nabdiel. On the video one can see how he films down on the crowds.

At a certain point all lights are turned off - it is time for the Patriarch

 to enter the tomb and receive the Holy Fire. While he is still inside


the tomb one suddenly hears a scream of surprise and wonder

originating from the nun standing next to Nabdiel. The camera

 begins to shake, as one hears the excited voices of the other people


present on the balcony. The camera now turns to the right, whereby

 it is possible to contemplate the cause of the commotion.


 A big candle, held in the hand of the Russian nun, takes

fire in front of all the people present before the patriarch

comes out of the tomb. She holds the candle with shaking


hands while making the sign of the Cross over and over

again in awe of the miracle she has witnessed.


Holy Fire video



See the tomb area of Christ...



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