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Wafting incense
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‘Walking in the Lord's footsteps’ in Jerusalem
A photo essay of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was crucified and buried; the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches share custody of the building and other denominations also hold services there.

It is three o'clock in the morning and Artak Tadevosyan is wafting incense through the corridors of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was crucified and buried.

 

 

"Walking in the Lord's footsteps, really, you have feelings that cannot be explained," said the 26-year-old Armenian Orthodox cleric. "We don't see it as stone, all these are holy places for us."

 

Armenian Orthodox cleric Artak Tadevosyan wafting incense through the church's corridors
Armenian Orthodox cleric Artak Tadevosyan wafting incense through the church's corridors

 

The Holy Sepulcher lies in Jerusalem's Old City. A church was first built there in the 4th century under Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor who converted to Christianity.

 

Church Holy Sepulcher, tomb of Jesus
Church Holy Sepulcher, tomb of Jesus

 

Today, the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches share custody of the building, and tensions sometimes run high over who controls what.

 

His Beatitude Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
His Beatitude Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem

 

Other denominations also hold services there, in languages including Latin, Arabic, Aramaic, Amharic and Ge'ez.

 

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

 

At night the building falls silent. Muslim families have long held the door key, because of the tensions between the Christian clergy.

 

In the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate nearby, His Beatitude Theophilos III, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, said he feels deep reverence for the church.

 

"For the Christian world the Holy Sepulcher is the heart of Jerusalem and the world," he said during preparations for the Orthodox Christmas on Sunday.  

 

"Why? Because this particular place, which is the rock of the crucifixion and the rock of the tomb, or the burial site, of Jesus Christ, has been watered, and therefore blessed, by the blood of The Righteous One."

 

Theophilos III
Theophilos III

 

Ethiopian Archbishop Abune Enbakom performs Holy Fire Ceremony
Ethiopian Archbishop Abune Enbakom performs Holy Fire Ceremony

Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Dr. Anba Antonius in a Palm Sunday procession
Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Dr. Anba Antonius in a Palm Sunday procession

Coptic Archbishop Anba Antonius
Coptic Archbishop Anba Antonius
 

 

Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers perform Holy Fire ceremony on church's roof
Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers perform Holy Fire ceremony on church's roof

Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Church of the Holy Sepulcher

A nun in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
A nun in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Orthodox Christian clergy converse in front of edicule
Orthodox Christian clergy converse in front of edicule

Crosses carved in the wall by pilgrims along staircase leading to crypt of St. Helena
Crosses carved in the wall by pilgrims along staircase leading to crypt of St. Helena

Washing the feet ceremony
Washing the feet ceremony

Clergy dispersing incense
Clergy dispersing incense

 

A clergy member at the church entrance
A clergy member at the church entrance

A clergy member in the church office
A clergy member in the church office

Worshippers
Worshippers

An engraved plaque at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
An engraved plaque at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Archbishop Mar Swerios Malki Murad, Patriarchal Vicar of the Holy Land and Jordan for the Syrian Orthodox Church
Archbishop Mar Swerios Malki Murad, Patriarchal Vicar of the Holy Land and Jordan for the Syrian Orthodox Church

Ethiopian Archbishop Abune Enbakom
Ethiopian Archbishop Abune Enbakom

 

 

 

A nun enters the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
A nun enters the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

 

 


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