Holy Fire 2017: when you go and when you arrive in Ukraine

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Holy fire descends once a year Holy Saturday (April 15 in 2017) in Jerusalem on Orthodox Easter.

Holy fire descends once a year in Jerusalem on Orthodox Easter. Convergence takes place on Holy Saturday (April 15 in 2017) to the Edicule, a chapel inside the Holy Sepulcher.

And in the evening on Easter Saturday, April 15 Holy fire from Jerusalem will arrive at the international airport “Borispol”. About this on his page in Facebook said the information Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“In Kiev international airport “Borispol” 15 APR at 19:00 – 20:00 (estimated time of arrival) will meet the Holy fire, which takes from Israel to Ukraine, the official delegation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church”, – is spoken in the message .

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After coming to Kyiv, the Holy fire will be priests who will distribute it in various dioceses of the Ukraine. Kiev believer the fire will be handing out at 23:00 at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. Metropolitan Onufry will give it to everyone who comes on the night Paschal service.

We will remind, the Holy fire descends each year on the Saturday before Orthodox Easter in Church over the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. According to ancient tradition, the annual mysterious fire in the Holy Land is a sign of God’s mercy, which alerts you to the care of the Lord and gives believers hope that God for another year extends the life of the world.

To see the miracle of the Holy fire, people gather to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem the evening of good Friday. By ten o’clock in the morning of Holy Saturday extinguish all the candles and lamps. 20-30 minutes after sealing Edicule Arab Orthodox youth shouting, stamping, drumming breaks into the temple and begins to sing and dance.

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Their cries and songs are ancient prayers in the Arabic language the revelation of the Holy fire, converted to Christ and the Mother of God to St. George, especially venerated in the Orthodox East. Prayer usually last for half an hour, then about 13 hours of prayer begins the procession of the Holy fire. Three times going round the chapel, the procession stops in front of her gate. Only after that the Patriarch in one long flowing robe walks into the chapel and pray. Prayer and ritual continues until, until the miracle happens.

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