Processional Mass in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

By Richard Varr

The Courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo by Richard Varr

I fought the crowds and waited in line for a glimpse of the sites where it is believed Jesus Christ was crucified and buried, and then resurrected.  That was with a tour group.  But when I came back a couple of days later on my own, I had a chance to slip past the crowds and be a part of the daily processional mass inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Stone of Unction inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo by Richard Varr

This daily processional mass in one of Christianity’s holiest shrines has its origin around 400 A.D., with the procession similar to the one today beginning around 1430.  The video link below is only a short clip from the mass that took place on January 23, 2012.

On the right is a photo of the Stone of Unction inside the church, where it is believed Christ’s body was anointed and wrapped after his death.

VIDEO

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