Holy Fire

A flame from the Holy Fire will be arriving at the Cathedral on Holy Saturday (15th April) at approximately 11pm.

The Holy Fire is a miracle that occurs every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday when a blue light emanates within Jesus Christ’s tomb inside the Holy Sepulchre, which eventually forms a column containing a form of fire, from which candles are lit, which are then used to light the candles of the clergy and pilgrims in attendance. The fire is also spontaneously lights other lamps and candles around the church and it is said that the Holy Fire does not burn them.

This year, thanks to a generous donor, a light taken from the Holy Fire in Jerusalem will be flown to London and brought to Cathedral on the night of Holy Saturday (15th April) arriving at approximately 11pm.

The flame will kept in Church to allow the faithful to light their candles and to take it home to light the lampadas in their icon corners, and also to trace the sign of the cross in the soot from the candle, just as the exiled Israelites in Egypt marked their doors and were delivered from the plague which passed over them.