Holy Fire

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Dear All,
The previous post focused on Good Friday, the Friday before Pascha (Easter). The present post focuses on Pascha Saturday and more particularly on Holy Fire.

Each year on Great Saturday Orthodox people from all over the world come to the Jesus Christ’s tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. An Orthodox Patriarch comes into the Holy Sepulchre with a bunch of unlit candles. Before he goes in, he is scrupulously examined to see if he carries any matches or the like. After it is confirmed that he has none, he enters and the candles are lighted with Hole Fire. The Patriarch goes out of the Holy Sepulchre and shares Holy Fire with the pilgrims around. Some of these candles are then used to light lamps and in this way Holy Fire gets transported to different countries of the world by plane. These lamps are then kept in Orthodox Churches for several days and every care is taken to ensure that Holy Fire burns during all this time.

Therefore, if you enter an Orthodox Church on Pascha or around this time, you have a good chance to see one of the lamps lighted from Holy Fire.

The French for Holy Fire is “Feu sacré“. The Ukrainian for Holy Fire is “Благодатний Вогонь” (Grace Fire pointing at Grace of God due to Which people get this Fire). The Greek for Holy Fire is “Ἃγιον Φῶς” (Holy Light).

Happy Pascha to All!

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