Masses gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in order to celebrate Easter. Holy Sepulchre is believed to be the site of Lord Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Hundreds of Christians filed into the Church on April 1, Sunday in order to celebrate Easter Mass.
On Sunday morning, Catholic Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa solemnized the mass at the church. This mass was held near the shrine over the cave where Jesus is believed to have been buried. Archbishop dressed in the traditional purple Easter robe, also highlighted the conflicts in Middle East. During his homily he referred to the Middle East situation saying, “Our times are marked by death.”
“Easter is the ability to come back and look at our history in the light of the promise of life that takes place today. Yes, today, at Easter, we announce a life that death can no more extinguish”, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa said.
On this occasion, some pilgrims prostrated over the stone- believed to be the point where Jesus’s body was anointed before being buried. This stone lies near the entrance to the church. Previously, on Goof Friday, Christian worshipers traced the route of the Stations of the Cross journeying through the Old City. A decorative shrine surrounds the cave where Jesus is believed to have been buried.
In March, last year the renovated shrine covering Jesus’s empty tomb was unveiled. Afterwards, a 3.7 million dollars project was carried out in order to restore the stones at the site to their original reddish-yellow color. The Roman Catholic, Armenian and the Greek Orthodox denominations share the custody of the church.