The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located in the old city of Jerusalem, which is in Israel. This church was built on the site where Christ was crucified on the Cross and also houses the burial tomb of Christ. Every Pascha, the patriarch enters the small chapel covering the tomb of Christ with unlit candles and then miraculously emerges with lit candles. This flame is then passed around to everyone present and is cool to the touch for a little while (some say 33 minutes) after the patriarch emerges from the chapel. It is the oldest, recurring miracle recorded.
This year on Pascha Sunday, the Holy Fire from Jerusalem was brought to the United States for the first time ever. It was brought via a private plane to New York and since then has been making its way across the United States. From one candle to the next. From one community to the next. From one city to the next. From one state to the next. A connection between us all.
Below, you will find additional videos and information to learn more about this Holy Light.
What is the Miracle of the Holy Fire?
Dr. Steve Turley explains in more detail about the miracle that occurs every single year in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at Pascha. The patriarch will enter the tomb of Christ and emerge with a miraculously ignited flaming candle which is then passed around to all present.
Waiting for the Patriarch to Emerge with the Holy Light
This video is narrated to explain what is happening inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
After the patriarch emerges with the lit candles, the flame is passed around to all present. For the next 33 minutes, the flame will neither consume nor burn anyone.
Holy Fire in the United States for the First Time
The Holy Fire was flown to the United States on a private plane and arrived in New York on Pascha 2017. The flame was then transported to the Church of the Mother of God Inexhaustible Cup in Brighton Beach for Agape Vespers. From there, Orthodox faithful are passing along the flame from person to person, across the entire United States.
How Do I Receive the Holy Fire for Our Home or Parish?
There is a Facebook group called “Come Receive the Holy Fire!” You can obtain more information there as well as see photos of how people are transporting the flames in their cars.
You can also check the Google map, that was created by the “Come Receive the Holy Fire!” Facebook group, to help pass along the Holy Fire across the United States. As I’m writing this post right now, the Holy Light has made it to the Mid-West.
The black pins mean that this person or parish is willing to travel to pass along the flame but do not have it yet. The yellow/orange pins mean that this person or parish has the Holy Fire and you can contact them to receive it for your home or parish. The green pins mean this person or parish expects to receive the Holy Fire on a certain date. Blue means someone is actively traveling with the Holy Fire and plans to stop at the designated points along the way.
Fraud or Miracle?
Dr. Steve Turley talks about the relatively recent scientific investigation of the legitimacy of the miracle of the Holy Fire.
In Our Homes
The Holy Fire can be kept on our family altars at home by way of a long term use candle or vigil lamp.
Talk to your children about why this flame is special and always strive to say daily prayers together.
Transporting the Holy Fire home from church