The "Holy Fire" ceremony in Jerusalem helped Eastern Orthodox Christians usher in Easter, one week after Christians in the West also celebrated the religion's holiest day, the RFERL (Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty) website reports today (April 8, 2018).
Some 7,000 pilgrims in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre lit their candles off the "flame" from the "miracle light" on the night of April 7 and early morning of April 8, Easter Day.
The light emanates from the stone bed that Christian tradition believes to be the spot where Jesus' body was placed for burial. The Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Roman Catholic denominations share custody of the church.
The flame represents the Resurrection of Christ and will be passed candle to candle and taken to other Orthodox churches around the world. The ritual dates back some 1,200 years.