Photos

Photographer's Note

The Ceremony Of The Holy Fire At The Ethiopian Church - Deir Al-Sultan.
During the Holy Saturday festival, the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Church, dressed in an elaborate golden garment, wearing a jewelled crown and sporting a candle carrying the Holy Fire, lights candles carried by monks, nuns and pilgrims wearing simple white cotton robes. Led by the Archbishop, the worshippers proceed to dance around the dome of the Chapel of Saint Helena to the sound of drums and to the smell of incense, chanting and singing as they go. The Archbishop then retreats to a tent erected outside the Chapel of the Archangel Michael especially for the occasion, where prayers continue.

The Ethiopian Holy Fire ceremony attracts a great deal of attention, and today the courtyard is filled with Israelis, Palestinians, Germans, Italians and a multitude of other nationalities vying for the best view of the festivities.

A spirit of joy prevails over the celebrations, fuelled by the infectious smiles of the Ethiopian pilgrims. While some of the younger worshippers pose with their candles for the many camera-toting media and tourists, some of the older members frown on, decidedly unimpressed by this outside attention.

melissahubley, pastadog, delnaja has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 2359
Points: 10
Discussions
  • None
Additional Photos by Gilad Benari (gilad33) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 0 N: 906] (14318)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH