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Holy Fire Brought to Russian Orthodox Cathedral in US Capital

April 20, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 20/4/17 The Rector at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist said that the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been delivered to Washington DC. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been delivered to Washington […]

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Holy Fire Delivered From Jerusalem to Moscow for Easter Liturgy

April 16, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 16/4/17 The Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been delivered from Jerusalem to Moscow by airplane on Saturday, ahead of Easter celebrations. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Holy Fire was delivered by the Fond of Andrey Pervozvanny (FAP) in a special lamp, and it will be handed to […]

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HOLY FIRE TO BE DELIVERED TO AMERICA FOR FIRST TIME

April 15, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 15/4/17 The Holy Fire, which descends every year on the eve of the Orthodox feast of Pascha in Jerusalem, will be delivered to the various corners of the Earth, with the support of the Russian St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation, including, for the first time this year, to the United States of America. “It […]

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RESTORATION OF HOLY SEPULCHRE TO BE DONE IN TIME FOR HOLY FIRE AND PASCHA

March 4, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 4/3/17 With some joyous news for the beginning of the Orthodox Great Lenten podvig, head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem Archimandrite Alexander (Elisov) has stated that the restoration work on the Edicule over the Holy Sepulchre, the Lord’s Tomb, will be completed in time for Pascha, reports RIA-Novosti. Thus, the centuries-old […]

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TEMPERATURE OF HOLY FIRE AROUND 40°C IN FIRST FEW MINUTES

September 3, 2016 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – September 2016 The temperature of the Holy Fire is around forty degrees Celsius for several minutes after its descent, so believers can freely take it in their hands and “wash” their faces in it during this time because it does not burn, Archpriest Gennady Zaridze, Chairman of the Association of Orthodox Christian Scientists and […]

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HOLY FIRE 2016 – Screening in Bethlehem and Beit Jala 

April 24, 2016 Featured News
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Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus in Jerusalem- April 2016 Holy Saturday, April 30th, 2016 Manger Square in Bethlehem, Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Beit Jala The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is pleased to offer, in cooperation with the municipality of Bethlehem and the Greek Orthodox Parish of Beit […]

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Holy Fire travels through the Serbian Province of Kosovo & Metohija

April 16, 2015 Featured News

16/4/15 The holy Fire from Jerusalem was taken to the Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija. Large number of Orthodox faithful in Kosovo took part in the holy ceremony. The holy fire was taken to the monasteries of Sopocani and Gracanica. The historic event was led by Bishop of Raska – Prizren & Kosovo-Metohija. Source:  

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The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Celebrates Orthodox Easter

April 16, 2015 Featured News

The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Celebrates Orthodox Easter
From Lazarus Saturday to Bright Monday of the Orthodox Christian Calendar, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem fully partook in Easter celebrations with the Christian churches and communities of Jerusalem, Bethany, Bethlehem and Beit Jala.  As with almost every Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrates Easter on the Julian Calendar, in which Easter (also known as Pascha) and Holy Week falls on separate dates from the Gregorian (Western) Calendar two out of every three years.  This year, Easter on the Julian Calendar fell on April 12th, with Lazarus Saturday being on April 4th. In the Orthodox Church, the Holy Fire service is the most significant event of Holy Week in Jerusalem, when the Patriarch of Jerusalem is sealed in the tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre (a structure that is also called the edicule), and emerges only when two bundles of thirty-three candles held in each of his hands have been lit by what Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic and many other Christians hold to be a miraculous occurence.  On Lazarus Saturday (April 4th), Mr. Dan Koski, Delegate for Christian Affairs represented the Order at an open-air service on the grounds of the Orthodox Girls School of Bethany, a mission school run by the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission and staffed by nuns part of the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene of Gethsemane.On Holy Saturday (April 11th), His Excellency the Grand Chancellor, Count Philippe Piccapietra, was present in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the invitation of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, while His Grace the Most Reverend Jovan Culibrek, Bishop of Slavonia of the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate, spiritual protector of all Orthodox members of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, was the official delegate of the first reception committee for the service of the Holy Fire for the Serbian Orthodox Church.In Bethlehem district, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem live-streamed the Holy Fire service to Bethlehem and Beit Jala, where in coordination with the municipality of Bethlehem and the Peace Center in Bethlehem and the Orthodox parish of Beit Jala, large screens were put up in Manger Square in Bethlehem and Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Beit Jala for the benefit of those from Bethlehem district as well as international pilgrims who were unable to attend the Holy Fire service.   The service of the Holy Fire was broadcast from approximately noon until the Patriarch emerged from the tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre, a structure known as the edicule, with two bundles of 33 candles apiece that signified the Holy Fire.  Orthodox Christians from both Palestine, Russia and elsewhere, along with Copts and Western pilgrims and visitors were present in both locations.  Many of the Coptic visitors cheered in traditional Arabic ululations and clanged their liturgical cymbals at the sight of Patriarchate emerging out of the edicule of the Holy Sepulchre of the Holy Fire.  Following the reception of the Holy Fire at the Holy Sepulchre, His Grace Bishop Jovan flew to Serbia to present the Holy Fire to His Beatitude, Patriarch Irenej of Serbia, in Belgrade at Saint Sava Cathedral, while His Excellency the Grand Chancellor Count Philippe joined the official delegation of the Orthodox parish of Beit Jala to bring the Holy Fire to their community, where hundreds of local Christians and pilgrims alike joined in the processional ceremony.  Despite an unseasonable downpour of rain, both services in Bethlehem and Beit Jala were exceptionally well-attended, with a joyous atmosphere throughout. Lastly, on Bright Monday, April 13th, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem greeted His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem at the Patriarchate, wishing him well with the traditional Easter declaration, “Hristos Anesti.”The Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem thanks all partners, benefactors and supporters of Holy Week activities in the Holy Land, and looks forward to both continuing and strengthening its presence during Holy Week in 2016.Hristos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese! Massieh Kham! Hakkan Kham! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

April 2015 From Lazarus Saturday to Bright Monday of the Orthodox Christian Calendar, the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem fully partook in Easter celebrations with the Christian churches and communities of Jerusalem, Bethany, Bethlehem and Beit Jala. As with almost every Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrates Easter on the Julian […]

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“Holy Fire” to be taken to monasteries in Kosovo

April 15, 2015 Featured News
“Holy Fire” to be taken to monasteries in Kosovo

B92 – 15/4/15 BELGRADE — The Holy Fire, which arrived in Belgrade ahead of Orthodox Easter Sunday from Jerusalem, will on Monday will be taken to Kosovo and Metohija. The fire, which believers consider to be a miracle, will be taken to the Serb Orthodox Church (SPC) monasteries in Gracanica and Decani, and then the Pec […]

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Holy Fire Arrives in Serbia – Photos

April 13, 2015 Featured News

13/4/15 Belgrade: For the first time Holy Fire has been transferred from Jerusalem to Belgrade where thousands of Serbian Orthodox faithful along with Serbian Patriarch, President, Prelates and other Honorable personalities took part in the ceremony. Source:

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Holy Fire 2015 in Jerusalem (Video)

April 11, 2015 Featured News

11/4/15 The Great and Holy Miracle of Orthodoxy!!! UPDATED WITH THE LATEST PHOTO AND VIDEO FROM JERUSALEM. Global: Holy Fire 2015 Jerusalem (11/04/2015 )inside the temple of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  Source:

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Transfer of the Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Belgrade

April 11, 2015 Featured News

11/4/15 The schedule of the following events regarding the Holy Fire: ·  Welcome ceremony of the Holy Fire on 11 April 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla, where the press conference will be held. · The solemn welcome at the Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar District on 11 April 2015 […]

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY, HOLY FIRE TO BE DELIVERED TO SERBIA

April 10, 2015 Featured News

Pravoslavie.ru On April 10, 2015, an official delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church headed by Bishop Jovan of Slavonia will depart for Jerusalem to bring the Holy Fire to Serbia. The Serbian delegation will participate together with a delegation from Russia in the prayer before the descent of Holy Fire. According to a tradition of […]

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Holy Fire Screening in Bethlehem – live streaming of all Holy Week Services in Arabic

April 6, 2015 Featured News

Dan Koski- 6/4/15 Greetings from the Holy Land; I am happy to provide you with two pieces of information for Holy Week: 1) Holy Fire Live Screening in Bethlehem, Beit Jala on Holy Saturday 2015. http://christianaffairsoslj.tumblr.com/post/115588260610/holy-fire-screening-in-bethlehem-beit-jala-on and the following direct text: 2) Live Holy Week Services in Arabic from the Greek Orthodox parish of Beit […]

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Transfer of the Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Belgrade

April 4, 2015 Featured News

Church of Serbia – 4/4/15 TO ALL THE HIERARCHS, CLERGY AND FAITHFUL OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN FATHERLAND, REGION AND ABROAD ANNOUNCEMENT It is Our Honour to inform you about a magnificent event of the transfer of the Holy Fire from the Holy City of Jerusalem to Belgrade, which is going to come from […]

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Top 10 Passover and Easter Holy Land Experiences

March 12, 2015 Featured News
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March 2015 Tourist arrivals to Israel and the Palestinian Territories has declined significantly since the spring of 2014, nevertheless the Holy Land continues to be an extremely safe travel destinations with an abundance of fascinating historical and religious sites as well as offering diverse cultural experiences. With the holidays of Easter and Passover right around […]

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Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and the Armenian Patriarch Nourhan Manougian of Jerusalem led Orthodox Holy Fire Ceremony 2014

April 19, 2014 Featured News

OCP News Service- 19/4/14 Click here to watch video: Jerusalem: The great and holy miracle of Orthodox Christianity has the holy fire has appeared at the  Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Holy fire procession was lead by His Beatitude Theophilos III the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine […]

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Nazarbayev attends Easter service in Uspensky Cathedral

May 6, 2013 Featured News

6/5/13 Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Uspensky Cathedral, Kazakhstan’s major orthodox church, on Easter Sunday, Tengrinews.kz reports. “Dear fellow-countrymen, the whole Orthodox world is celebrating the most important holiday, the Easter, today. The Easter symbolizes renewal and rebirth and is important to our country that is reviving and becoming a better place, a new country where people […]

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Jerusalem’s dwindling Christians celebrate the Holy Fire on Orthodox Easter

May 6, 2013 Featured News

5/5/13 The annual rite at the 1500-year-old Church of the Holy Sepulcher attracted fewer local faithful as Christians across the region are caught up in various conflicts. This is the sixth in a series of posts about dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East. JERUSALEM — A procession of Armenian Orthodox Christians wound from their quarter […]

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Romanian nuns celebrate Easter among the skulls of their dead sisters as Orthodox Christians pack churches around the world

May 6, 2013 Featured News

By ROSIE TAYLOR – 5/5/13 Around 300million Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter Sunday  Nuns at the Pasarea monastery in Romania marked the holy event in room of skulls Thousands attended Holy Fire ceremony and Easter service at Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem As thousands of Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter Sunday today with services around the world, […]

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Orthodox Christian Holy Week 2013 – Snaps Around the World

May 6, 2013 Featured News
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5/5/13 Orthodox Christian Holy Week pics around the world. Source 1: Source 2: Source 3: Source 4: Source 5:   Source 6: Source 7:

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