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From the Holy Sepulchre to Beirut: The Sacred Flame unites the faithful

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On the eve of Orthodox Easter, a revered tradition illuminated the path from Jerusalem to Beirut as the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was welcomed in the Lebanese capital.

The Holy Fire is considered a miracle occurring annually on the Saturday before Orthodox Easter © Mena Today

On the eve of Orthodox Easter, a revered tradition illuminated the path from Jerusalem to Beirut as the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was welcomed in the Lebanese capital.

This annual event marks a significant spiritual moment for Orthodox Christians, symbolizing the miraculous descent of the Holy Spirit onto the sacred fire in the church where Jesus is believed to have been buried and resurrected.

The sacred flame made its journey starting from Jerusalem, passing through Jordan before reaching Beirut.

In Beirut, the flame was received with reverence and joy by Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut, Elias Audi

Following its reception, the Holy Fire was taken to the headquarters of the Orthodox Archdiocese in the Achrafieh district, where it commenced its tour of the local churches.

The Holy Fire is considered a miracle occurring annually on the Saturday before Orthodox Easter. 

Believers hold that the fire represents the light of Christ resurrecting, thus reaffirming the power of His resurrection.

In Beirut and across Orthodox Christian communities, the arrival of the Holy Fire ignites a night of celebration and solemnity, setting the tone for Easter Sunday's festivities.

Churches in Beirut and throughout the region hold special services where the Holy Fire illuminates the interiors, symbolizing the end of darkness brought by sin and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The event draws together thousands of faithful, not just from Lebanon but from surrounding nations, highlighting the unifying aspect of this sacred tradition among Orthodox Christians.

The arrival of the Holy Fire in Beirut from Jerusalem is a profound testament to the enduring faith and traditions of Orthodox Christianity.

As the flames spread from church to church, they carry with them a message of renewal and hope, resonating deeply with the faithful during the holy season of Easter.

By Tani Boutros 

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