The Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (April 21, 2011) that Christian Holy Week and Jewish Passover are in motion this week in Jerusalem, and the Israel Ministry of Tourism expects a quarter million visitors for the timeless iconic events observed in the Old City.
Because Jesus was a Jew, His Last Supper was a Passover meal -- an event at which Jews have retold God's delivery of them from Egyptian slavery into the Promised Land.
Holy Week -- the commemoration of events leading to the Crucifixion of Jesus and His resurrection on Easter Sunday -- coincides with Jewish Passover.
The procession ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where -- on Saturday at midnight -- Eastern Orthodox Christians believe a flame appears in the tomb of Jesus, and is caught by both a Greek patriarch and an Armenian priest.
They share the flame with worshipers who have candles.