The Christian Post website reports today (April 16, 2012) that thousands of Christians from around the world gathered in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher on April 14 to witness a flame that emerges miraculously from the tomb of Jesus a day before the Greek Orthodox Easter -- based on the older Julian calendar -- each year.
The special ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher -- built on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried -- was attended by Christian pilgrims and clerics wearing their robes.
Orthodox Christians say the Holy Fire miracle -- which occurs every year on the day before the Orthodox Easter -- has been documented for more than 1,000 years.
Christians in many countries -- including Greece, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lebanon, and Egypt -- watch the ceremony live each year. After the ceremony, the Holy Fire is brought to some of these predominantly Orthodox Christian countries.