Holly Sepulchre

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A Christian believer walks to the main door of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre just after the opening of the doors, 05.03 am, 2005.04.12, Old City, Jerusalem.
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Elija and some more believers praying in front of the Greek Orthodox altar and Franciscan Catholic altar dedicated to Our Lady of Dolours. The Greek altar, the Twelfth Station of the Cross, stands over the Rock of Calvary, it is over the place where the crosses of Jesus and the two thieves were erected, in the bed rock beneath is a large crack caused by an earthquake on the day Jesus died, 06.18 am, 2005.04.12, Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City, Jerusalem.
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Franciscan mass inside the Tomb of Jesus, 07.51 am, 2005.04.12, Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City,Jerusalem.
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(from left to right) Porcia Forleo, Catholic believer, Sisters Maria Galea, Mary Borg and Tiburzia Cilia, Suores Francescane del Cuore di Jesú, seated and praying at the main Latin shrine. This Holy site is guarded by Roman Catholics, the Eleventh Station of the Cross (Colgotha), marks the place were Jesus was nailed to the Cross before the eyes of his mother, 05.30 am, 2005.04.12, Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City, Jerusalem.
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First room of the Tomb of Jesus called the Chapel of the Angel, contains the stone where it is believed the “young man dressed in a white robe” sat and announced to Salome and the two Mary’s that Jesus had risen from the dead. Christendom’s most sacred place, the site of Jesus burial and Resurrection, lies in the centre of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 19.38 pm, Old City, Jerusalem.
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Christians pilgrims carry a cross along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City , 04.37 pm, 2005.04.12.
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A Christian believer in a moment of devotion at the Stone of Unction (Anointment) where Mary received the body of her son after he had been taken down from the cross, the body was then laid out and anointed with a mixture of myrrh, aloe and aromatic oils, Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, 20.37 am, 2005.04.12, Old City, Jerusalem.
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A Christian believer in a moment of devotion inside the chapel of the tomb of Jesus. Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 19.11 pm, Old City, Jerusalem.
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Closing of the doors of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. Once closed, the doors can not be opened until the next morning at 05.00 am, everyone that stays inside the temple for the night must remain there, 21.03 pm, 2005.04.12, Old City, Jerusalem.

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