Worshippers from around the world celebrated Holy Fire descending from Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem earlier on Saturday. The 3-member Georgian delegation will bring the Holy Fire to Georgia at around 23:00. It will be distributed to all churches. The believers will then be able to take it home.
Only Covid-19 vaccinated persons were admitted to attend the mysterious pre-Easter ceremony due to the pandemic this year.
Each year, thousands of worshippers flock to Jerusalem’s Old City and pack into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher — built on the site where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected — for the pre-Easter ceremony.
Top Eastern Orthodox clerics enter the Edicule, the small chamber marking the site of Jesus’ tomb, and exit with candles said to be miraculously lit with “holy fire” as a message to the faithful. The flame is normally shared with candle-holding pilgrims and even sent in special containers to Orthodox Christian communities around the world.