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Jesus Tomb

The Rotunda and the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher lie in the center of the church. The Rotunda is a round hall, and in the center lays the Edicule, a rectangular structure, the Tomb of Jesus. This is the Fourteenth Station of the Cross.

There are two chambers in the Edicule. The first chamber holds The Chapel of the Angel, which contains a piece of the rolling stone that was rolled in front of the tomb of Jesus and opened at the time of the resurrection. The second chamber in an interior room is the Holy Sepulcher itself, the Tomb of Jesus.

Jesus was removed down the cross as the Sabbath (Saturday) was approaching, and there was no time to find him a proper burial place. Joseph of Aramathea offered his family’s burial cave that was located nearby. When Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, returned to the tomb on Sunday, they found that the rolling stone was removing and the grave was empty.

Every year on Holy Saturday, the Holy Fire ceremony is celebrated. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch enters the Tomb. The Holy Fire, symbolizing the Resurrection of Jesus, descends from Heaven, lights the candle in the hand of the Patriarch and the flame is passed along to the believers standing around him in the Rotunda.

 

Edicule of the Church

Edicule of the Church

Edicule of the Church

Edicule of the Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dome of the Edicule

Dome of the Edicule