Thousands of Christian worshipers attended the ceremony of Easter's Holy Fire on Saturday (April 15) at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and lit their candles with Holy Fire from Jesus' tomb, the Jerusalem Post website reports today (Easter, April 16, 2017).
The Holy Fire is considered a miracle occurring every year on Holy Saturday -- the day preceding Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday.
At exactly 2 p.m. every year, a sunbeam is believed to shine through the window in the ceiling of the church and light a lamp placed in the tomb.
Seconds after the Orthodox patriarch reveals the Holy Fire, it spreads throughout the church as worshipers light each other's candles. Traditionally, an olive lamp lit by the Holy Fire is transferred soon after the ceremony to Bethlehem -- the birthplace of Jesus.