02:46 GMT18 May 2021
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    JERUSALEM (Sputnik) - The Holy Fire made its annual descent at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Saturday, a day before Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter.

    Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem lit candles from the Holy Fire and handed them out to Greek Orthodox priests and clergy from other confessions, a Sputnik correspondent said.

    Christian Orthodox worshipers hold up candles lit from the Holy Fire as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City (File)
    © AFP 2021 / THOMAS COEX
    Christian Orthodox worshipers hold up candles lit from the "Holy Fire" as thousands gather in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City (File)

    The fire, which Orthodox Christians consider a miracle, will be sent by plane to countries with major Orthodox churches, including Greece, Russia, Ukraine, and Cyprus.

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    Easter, Israel, Jerusalem, Christianity, Holy Fire
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