Holy Sepulcher

• Holy Sepulcher

April 11 in Jerusalem in the Holy Sepulcher gathered thousands of faithful waiting for the miracle of the Holy Fire.

"Traditionally on this day around noon from the courtyard of the Jerusalem Patriarchate out a procession headed by the Patriarch Theophilus III Arriving at the Church of the Resurrection, the procession goes to the Edicule -.. The chapel, built over the Holy Sepulcher pilgrims from around the world in a tense silence, watching the Patriarch, which thoroughly searched for incendiary devices. It is in the Edicule Patriarch on his knees praying before the tomb of the Lord for the gift of the Holy fire. The convergence of evidence about the fire and hear the prayer of mercy Bozh and the coming joy of the Resurrection. Patriarch lights a lamp and a candle, which then makes the temple, and transmits to the people. " - says Victor monk. (C)

I'm pretty sure that somewhere in Edicule is small Zippo, from which light the Holy Fire) Sorry for my ignorance) In November, I was able to go to the temple and a little wander through it with the camera. That way a double pleasure - no ban on filming inside the main shrine of the Christian world no.

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In order to get to the temple you have to pass a bumpy ride, making your way through the huge crowd of tourists. And it was a normal day, can not even imagine what is going on in the old city of Jerusalem.

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In the long history of the Jerusalem temple was repeatedly destroyed, rebuilt, under the authority of the Christian, the Muslim rulers. In the form in which it exists now, the temple was rebuilt in 1810 after a huge fire.

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Modern Holy Sepulcher consists of three main buildings: the church at Calvary Chapel of the Holy Sepulcher and the Church of the Resurrection.

In the photo at Calvary Temple - which should not sickly all pilgrims

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The level is below the Stone of Anointing, the place where Joseph and Nicodemus anointed myrrh and aloes body of Jesus

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And here is the marble chapel (Edicule). Chapel of the Holy Sepulcher overlaps cave (where Jesus was buried) and is divided into two parts: the chapel of the Angel and the actual Holy Sepulcher.

To go in there for a few seconds, we would have to stand in a long queue. Near the chapel constantly turn hundreds of people - pilgrims, believers, even more simply curious tourists with cameras

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The third part of the Holy Sepulcher - Church of the Resurrection. At its center on the marble floor is set on a small hill a stone vase, symbolizing the "navel of the earth." In the cave, to the point of finding the Holy Cross, is a multi-stage ladder. It is believed that it was here that Queen Helena found a wooden cross with nails.

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Candles in Edicule. What is nice - no taxes on them. How much to take, and throw in a box how many do not mind

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Hundreds of tourists have gathered input. Dozens of languages. cries guides. An incredible racket worth

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We got the procession with some high dignity of the Armenian Church. Impressive strength in the black hoods. Somehow that's impressed these two "security", which rang as she walked on the pavement with steel canes, batons

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On the Via Dolorosa are constant pilgrims who just prayer, who crosses to repeat the way of Jesus. Via Dolorosa, Way of the Cross, Way of sorrow - it is the road that Jesus walked from judgment to the place of execution to Calvary. Over the Cross there were various events that stopped the sad procession. Today canonized 14 stops or stations, each of which is marked chapels or churches.

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Here for the cross is seen as a woman touches the 8 stations. "Jesus went great multitudes, and he turned to the women mourned for him:" It is not for me to weep, O daughters of Jerusalem, and for themselves and their children ", thus predicting the imminent destruction of Jerusalem There is a chapel of St. Charalambos and the stone on the wall. Latin cross and the inscription NIKA, which symbolizes the eighth stop. " (from)

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