Thousands of Christians waiting for Holy Fire in Jerusalem

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On this day the Holy Fire descends from the skies above the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem into the hands of the Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Thousands of worshippers flocked to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected.

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"The path of the Savior is the path of love, on which the person turns from concentrating exclusively on himself to those who need our help and support", the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said.

This Sunday will mark an uncommon occurrence as the Easter celebrations for both Western and Orthodox Christians will fall on the same day. Then its doors are symbolically sealed with wax, "recalling how the seal and the guard were attached to Christ's tomb", said Hegumen Nikon, secretary of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem.

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Accounts of the Holy Fire date to the fourth century.

Orthodox Christians deemed it a miracle and, for centuries, a few intrepid pilgrims have succeeded in bringing the flame back to their homeland via risky, weekslong overland or sea journeys.

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As is tradition, the Holy Fire, which symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ, was delivered to Moscow from Jerusalem for the solemn liturgy. While Roman Catholics eventually adopted the astronomically accurate Gregorian calendar, the Orthodox Church calculated Easter according to the less-accurate Julian calendar.

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