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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Holy Fire and Fiery Monks at the Holy Sepulcher

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is a real interesting place. Built upon the graveyard where the tomb that Jesus' body lay was located, the Church has been around in one form or another for 1,700 years. Burned, torn down and rebuilt many times, the most sacred site in Christendom has survived the test of time, but not  without trouble. Below is a video of the ceremony of the Holy Fire. Done on the night of Good Friday, this ceremony is supposed to be a miracle of God pointing to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, over the centuries it has been criticized by Christians and Muslims as being a cheap parlor trick. Look at the video and decide for yourself.

The video below is of a fight between monks occurring in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The responsibility for the building is divided up between the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church. This is due to many political arrangements carved out over its long existence. Because so many claim control of the building, fights break out on a regular basis. I guess its one big happy Christian family!


And of course I must show you a picture of the immovable ladder. Over one hundred years ago a repairman placed this ladder over the entrance to fix the window. A fight broke out over who had the authority do to this. The repairman fled leaving the ladder in the same location to this day. One must assume that the repair work never got done.

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