Monday, November 20, 2017

Holy Fire travels from Jerusalem to Yekaterinburg

A plane carrying a lamp of "holy fire" traveled from Jerusalem to Yekaterinburg for Easter services.

The fire is part of a tradition that has existed for more than 1,500 years. Every year at the Holy Sepulcher, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem delivers a prayer and receives fire from heaven, marking the resurrection of Christ. Many believe that when the fire does not descend, it will mark the last year of mankind, according to Itar-Tass.

This year, Patriarch Theopolis III oversaw the rituals and received the holy flames on Saturday. After its alleged descent from heaven, the fire was taken onboard an Airbus A-320, accompanied by a delegation from the St. Andrew the Apostle Foundation. Also present throughout the fire's journey was Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhotursky. The holy fire arrived in the Yekaterinburg Metropolis church on Sunday night in time for overnight Easter services, Mir66 reports.

After its descent, pieces of the holy flames are carried to churches across the world. According to tradition, the flames are used by believers to light 33 candles, each one of which represents a year of Christ's life.