Holy Fire

For centuries at the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, a flame comes out of the tomb of Christ on Orthodox Christian Easter (called “Pascha”). The first mention of this miracle was in the fourth century and it continues to happen every year since.

Eastern Christians calculate the date of Easter using an older formula than the western church, so that means that some years Pascha can be one week or more after the Roman Catholic and Protestant celebration. This year, however, everyone celebrates this Sunday.

You can read history and stories about the Ceremony of Holy Light and this annual miracle. There are also pictures, video, and stories from people who have witnessed this amazing event.