Celebrating the Holy Light in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah

Christians who follow the Orthodox Church from all over the world celebrated the "Holy Light" in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, which is known as "Holy Light." Corona in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem to witness the emergence of the Holy Light from the tomb of Christ, today, Saturday, and the Holy Light is one of the Orthodox Christian miracles that occur every year at the same time and place. Around the world a torch of holy light to be transported to the Orthodox Church in his country on a private flight.

It is noteworthy that this miracle was first documented in 1106 AD, and the ceremony of the appearance of the Holy Fire is witnessed directly in Georgia, Greece, Belarus, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lebanon and in other countries with a large Orthodox Christian minority such as Egypt.

The cities of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour also witnessed massive celebrations on the occasion of Holy Light for the Christian sects that follow the Eastern calendar. Waiting for the arrival of the light streaming from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Scouting teams performed parades during which the melodies played, after which the celebrants set off from the Catholic Action Roundabout, breaking through the Passion Road, through Ras Fatais and Najma streets, reaching the Church of the Nativity, amid usual chants on this occasion, and during that Father Issa Thaljieh delivered a speech in which he offered congratulations on this occasion to all The celebrants called for more love, brotherhood and harmony, hoping that this occasion will prevail in the coming year and the conditions of our people have improved.

An official ceremony took place at the court of the Church of the Nativity, where he was received by a crowd of officials and representatives of various activities, the patriarchal representative of the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Theophlectus, priests and bishops, the mayor of Bethlehem and his deputy.

After the reception, the light entered an official procession to the Church of the Nativity, and special prayers were held, and the celebrants lit candles, marking the start of holding festive masses on the occasion of Easter.

The light was also received in the city of Beit Jala, as thousands of citizens gathered in front of churches and monasteries and in the streets in the presence of clerics, as well as the mayor of Beit Jala, Eli Shehadeh, and members of the municipal council waiting for the light coming from the heart of the city of Jerusalem. To Al-Sahl Street and then Bab Al-Zuqaq junction to receive the light. Among the scout bands that played the various hymns were the Talita Nationalist Scouts group and the Betjali papal group that raised the Palestinian flags and their special message.

In Beit Sahour, the people, clerics, and official and legal personalities presented by the mayor of Beit Sahour went out for a good jihad, as the scouting groups set out in front of the Roman Orthodox Church of the Fathers and Ancestors to the entrance to the city, where the light of Christ arrived from Jerusalem, and after that, they returned to the church to celebrate this glorious occasion. .

Thousands of citizens had lined up at the entrances to the three cities of Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Beit Jala, to watch the moment of the arrival of the great light coming from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in occupied Jerusalem.

After the arrival of the light, many cars roamed the streets of the three cities with joy at his arrival, just as the bells of various churches rang, rejoicing in the light of Jesus Christ, while many citizens, despite their joy, expressed their disapproval of the practices of the occupation forces that prevented thousands of believers from reaching the heart of Jerusalem to share these glorious moments Where Elias Ghattas said that this year is the most repressive in terms of the emphasis on permits, as those who were denied access to Jerusalem are many times greater than last year under the pretext of the security ban, indicating that the principle is that all celebrants go to perform the Eid rituals in occupied Jerusalem.

In this regard, Elie Shehadeh said: "This occasion constitutes a great joy for all of our people still, and it coincided with the ability of the people of Beit Jala, the municipality and all good people to foil the plan to erect the apartheid wall on the lands of Deir Cremisan, which is estimated at three thousand dunams, following the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court." By halting the wall in those lands with its current path, which was a great step by all standards. "

As for the mayor of Beit Sahour, Jihad is good. We offer our congratulations to all celebrants, to our Palestinian people and to President Abu Mazen. These celebrations largely symbolize our ability to hold them despite the difficult conditions that our people are going through under the Israeli occupation and its racist practices, and they confirm our attachment to our land and our history on this holy land.

In Ramallah, he received the holy light coming from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in occupied Jerusalem, with the participation of large crowds of citizens, led by the Governor of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Laila Ghanem, Ramallah Mayor Musa Hadid, leaders of the security services, and a number of legal figures and pastors of churches in the city, and a group Of priests and Christian clergy.

The march of light began from the Manara roundabout, passing through the main street, to the Greek Orthodox Transfiguration Church, led by the scouting teams who played its shaggy melody in celebration of the occasion.

The traditional Holy Light march was canceled last year due to the Corona pandemic. Before returning this year in light of the epidemic curve in the governorate and amid preventive measures during which the majority of participants wore masks to prevent infection.

Prayers were held in the city's churches after their lamps and candles were lit with holy light.

It is noteworthy that the churches in Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate celebrate tomorrow, Sunday, the glorious Easter according to the eastern calendar.


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