Holy Fire and Divine Mercy Novena day 4

I recently learned that at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church built over the tomb of Jesus there is a lovely yearly miracle. It was first recorded around the 4th Century but is believed to date back much further, maybe to the days when the first little church was built over the Holy Sepulcher.

On the Orthodox Easter Vigil night (this year Easter falls on the 15th April which is the Catholic Latin Rite’s Divine Mercy) the Patriarch goes into the place where the tomb is. Before he enters he has his vestments removed and he is searched. The only items he is allowed on his person are the two candles he holds in his hands.

The tomb has been searched before hand.

Then as the crowds of the faithful wait holding their bunches of thin candles (I think the bunches are made up of 33 tapers representing the years of Christ’s life)

The Patriarch enters the tomb of Christ. There he prays and waits. This is so much like the role the High Priest had on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) when he enters the Holy of Holies. The Patriarch waits, sometimes hardly at all, sometimes for quite some minutes. But every year it happens, the Holy Fire bursts from the tomb and light the candles he holds. He then takes this Holy Fire and passes it out among the faithful.

Believe it or not, that’s your call.  Discernment is a good thing. But remember, if you disbelieve do so because of the evidence not because you think God can’t do this, or wouldn’t bother.

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA DAY 4 for unbelievers.

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