The traditional ceremony of the descent of the Holy Fire took place at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. People waited for the miracle of the descent of the Fire for more than an hour.
It is believed that the first witness to the convergence of fire was Apostle Peter. Learning about the resurrection of Jesus, he went to his tomb and saw the light in the place where before that the body of Christ lay.
In 1810, a chapel was erected over the Holy Sepulcher - Kuvukliya, in which the convergence of fire takes place.
The Sabbath service at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher symbolically depicts the Passion, Burial and Resurrection of Christ. The order of the descent of the Holy Fire is personally performed by the Jerusalem Patriarch. Then Christians pass the fire with candles and special lamps all over the world.
The coronavirus pandemic has left its mark on the organization of the event. Like last year, quarantine restrictions were in effect. The number of believers present was greater than last year - 2,500 people were admitted to the ceremony, but they all had certificates confirming vaccination.
After the descent, candles andlamps of all those present were lit with fire. Representatives of different countries deliver the Holy Fire to all over the world.
It will be delivered to Ukraine tonight. The service in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra will take place with the True Light from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. All parishioners will be able to take a part of it home in the icon lamps.
Tomorrow, on May 2, Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter.