As over a billion people turn their eyes towards the Church of the Nativity this time of year, the holy site in Bethlehem is ready to go online via live streaming video in time for the holidays for the first time ever.
Individuals unable to make the journey in person now have access to this unique site from the comfort of their own homes and with the same ease of checking email.
Streaming will begin on Christmas Eve from 4 am to 2 pm CST (12 pm to 10 pm local time) through Christmas evening, and will be replayed through the following 48 hours improve access for viewers in all time zones.
The two feeds, one from Nativity Square and one from within the Church, will be delivered by IPrayTV, which is a provider of internet broadcast services to faith-based organizations linking ministries to the Holy sites through simulcast.
Setting up equipment (Photo: IPrayTV)
The service has included streaming video 24/7 from key Christian holy sites in Jerusalem including Calvary, Mount of Olives, the Eastern Gate, the City of David, and the city of Jerusalem since its launch in October 2008.
The company has developed cutting-edge technology that will allow viewers to see these sites simultaneously on their screens to bring Israel live to every living room across the globe. Individual users may log on to the company's website at any time, at no cost.
“Since the site was launched two months ago, we’ve seen a strong desire among believers around the world to strengthen their connection with Israel and the Holy Sites,” said Mike Peros, Founder and CEO of IPrayTV.
“All year the service can be a valuable tool to believer’s world-wide. All the more so on Christmas, we are honored to help people build their connection to the true reason for the season from the Church of the Nativity.”