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Archaeology and the life of Jesus

The Miracle of the Holy Fire takes place in the Orthodox parts of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on the Saturday of Easter attended by massive crowds. It was first recorded as taking place in 385CE by the Spanish pilgrim Egeria. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch removes his outer vestments and is searched for fire-making tools by the Israeli police. He then enters the Edicule, the chapel over Christ’s tomb, alone. After praying a blue light is said to spontaneously emanate from the slab where Christ’s body was lain, strong enough to light a candle. This fire is then passed out through two holes in the side of the Edicule and rushed to the other chapels in the Holy Sepulchre as the crowd fight to receive and pass on the flame. It is said in the first few seconds it has no heat and many wave the flames over their faces. The Holy Fire is taken to certain Orthodox countries, such as Greece, by special flights, and is rushed in laterns to churches all over Palestine....

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