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Holy Fire: Faithful Gather in Christianity's Sacred Site

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday. FINBARR O'REILLY / Reuters

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe the Holy Fire is a miracle that occurs every year at the church when a blue light is said to emanate from within the Tomb of Christ and quickly spreads around the church and outside to Jerusalem and even to foreign countries. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre stands on the site where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, entombed and resurrected.

Image: Miracle of the Holy Fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem the day before Easter
A view into the rotunda inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem shows the Tomb of Christ during Holy Fire ceremonty the day before Easter. ABIR SULTAN / EPA