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Thousands of Christians expected for rapturous Holy Fire ceremony

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On April 15, thousands of Orthodox Christians will crowd the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to watch the Greek Orthodox patriarch emerge from the structure surrounding Jesus' tomb with two lit candles.

The ceremony, known as Holy Fire, is described by Orthodox Christians as a "miracle" that occurs each year on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Easter. As part of the ceremony, a fire rises from the slab of stone where Jesus' body was laid after his crucifixion, enough to light  lamps and candles around the church.

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