Holy Fire

Christ Is Risen!  (Indeed, He Is Risen!) 

On Friday, May 5, 2017, the Holy Fire (Holy Light) from the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem was received into the parish of St John the Baptist on the North Side with the celebration of the Akathist to the Resurrection.

What is the Holy Fire?
Orthodox tradition holds that the Holy Fire happens annually on the day preceding Orthodox Pascha, in which a blue light emanates within Jesus Christ's tomb (usually rising from the marble slab covering the stone bed believed to be that upon which Jesus' body was placed for burial) now in the Holy Sepulchre, which eventually forms a column containing a form of fire, from which candles are lit, which are then used to light the candles of the clergy and pilgrims in attendance. The fire is also said to spontaneously light other lamps and candles around the church. Pilgrims and clergy claim that the Holy Fire does not burn them.

While the Patriarch is inside the chapel kneeling in front of the stone, there is darkness but far from silence outside. One hears a rather loud mumbling, and the atmosphere is very tense. When the Patriarch comes out with the two candles lit and shining brightly in the darkness, a roar of jubilation resounds in the Church.

Thousands of pilgrims as well as local Christians of all denominations gather in Jerusalem to partake and witness this annual event. The Holy Fire is taken to certain Orthodox countries, such as Greece and Russia, by special flights, being received by church and state leaders.

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A Prayer for Lighting a Candle:

 “Set our hearts on fire with love for You, O Christ our God, so that in its flame we may love You with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, and with all our strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, so that by keeping Your commandments we may glorify You, the giver of all good gifts. Amen.”