As Jews finish celebrating Purim, Christians around the world will prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday. So both Christians and Jews have a lot to be thankful for during this time in late March!
For Christians lucky enough to celebrate Easter in the Holy Land, the place where Christians believe Christ was crucified and resurrected, our friends at ISRAEL21c created a list of the top 10 sites in Jerusalem. Check out the first one on their list:
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Revered by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox and Armenian Catholics as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection, this landmark in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem encompasses the last six of the 14 Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa).
Holy Sepulchre is open daily with separate chapels for each of the denominations’ services.
The ancient church is jam-packed on Orthodox Easter Sunday and especially on Saturday at midnight for the centuries-old Ceremony of the Holy Fire, when Orthodox patriarchs enter the church’s tomb and come out with candles believed to be lit miraculously. The flame is passed along to candles held by the crowd.
Check with the Christian Information Center at the Jaffa Gate before visiting on Easter weekend, because sometimes the huge volume of pilgrims necessitates the closure of the Christian Quarter for safety reasons.