Thousands of Christians flocked to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, to participate in an ancient fire ceremony which takes place at what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus. The ceremony dates back at least 1,200 years. Christian Orthodox tradition holds that the mysterious flame spontaneously appears from the tomb annually on Holy Saturday; the details of the flame’s generation are kept secret.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is, according to Christian belief, the location of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, was packed full of celebrants during the ceremony. Eastern Orthodox clerics entered the Edicule, a small chamber marking the tomb of Jesus, and emerged with candles lit from the “holy fire”, which was then distributed to the thousands of worshippers. FULL REPORT