Author Topic: Holy Fire  (Read 1441 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline cristoforos

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 13
Holy Fire
« on: October 25, 2006, 10:51:16 AM »
Hi guys, I've been reading about the Miracle of The Holy Fire (Holy Light) that takes place every year in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its amazing! I'm a Catholic (becoming more and more interested in Orthodoxy) and I had never heard of this Miracle until I came across a book about it in a shop last week. I've been reading about it on the internet since.

I was just wondering what are your views of it? Has anyone on this forum been and experienced it? I read that it only comes to the Orthodox Patriarch and when 2 RC priests tried it in the Middle Ages it failed and they were punished. Does anyone know of this? I guess a lot of people would doubt the validity of this miracle, what is the general Orthodox opinion of it?

Any info would be greatly appreciated! God Bless.

Offline FrChris

  • The Rodney Dangerfield of
  • Site Supporter
  • Taxiarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 7,252
Re: Holy Fire
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2006, 02:20:18 PM »
Here's an interesting thread previously on this site where the miracle is examined critically:,6446.0.html

A thread regarding the liturgics involved with both representatives of the Armenian Patriarchate as well as the Eastern Orthodox,5756.0.html

Yet another thread:,6012.0.html

There's others too, that will be uncovered throuhg our Serach function...

Anyway, while I have never had the unique blessing of being there for the Holy Fire, my godparents have been there. It is....humbling and remarkable.

Finally, there was a televion doccumentary about this that was on the Discovery Channel or some such network about 10 years ago. I may be archived somewhere, if you can find it.
"As the sparrow flees from a hawk, so the man seeking humility flees from an argument". St John Climacus

Offline Fr. George

  • formerly "Cleveland"
  • Administrator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *******
  • Posts: 20,590
  • May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Re: Holy Fire
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006, 03:13:04 PM »

"Holy Light",934.0.html

"This Year's Pic Of 'Holy Fire'",3211.0.html

"Holy Fire Ceremony 2006 and the current Jerusalem Dispute",8760.0.html

"Question about Holy Fire",7775.0.html

"Jew trys to sort out Orthodox-Armenian tiff",5880.0.html

I put "Holy Fire" in quotations in the search and came up with these threads as well as the ones chris referenced.  I hope they are all useful!
« Last Edit: October 25, 2006, 03:14:58 PM by cleveland »
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."" Isaac Asimov