Holy Light in Jerusalem
On Easter Saturday, at noon, the Orthodox Patriarch, or any other Orthodox
Archbishop, enters the Holy Sepulchre, recites special prayers and remains
waiting. Sometimes the waiting is long, sometimes short.
in the darkened church, repeats continually with a loud voice: "Lord,
have mercy." (Kyrie eleison).
At a certain moment the Holy Light flashes from the depth of the Holy Sepulchre in a supernatural way,
miraculously, and lights up the little lamp of olive oil put on the
edge of it. The Patriarch (or the Archbishop), after having read some
prayers, lights up the two clusters of 33 candles he is holding, and
begins to distribute the Holy Light to the multitude of pilgrims, who
receive it with great emotion, accompanied with the pealing of bells,
acclamations, and an unbridled enthusiasm.
This divine light also presents some peculiarities: As soon as it appears
it has a bluish hue and does not burn. At the first moments of its appearance,
if it touches the face, or the mouth, or the hands, it does not burn.
This is proof of its divine and supernatural origin. We must also take
into consideration that the Holy Light appears only by the invocation
of an Orthodox Archbishop. Each time that heterodox bishops tried to
obtain it, they failed.