Are you superstitious?
While for many superstitious people this day is the most feared day and date in history for others, today is the greatest holiday of the year.
Eastern Orthodox Christians, the second largest Christian denomination in the world, are marking the holy days this week, following the older, Julian calendar. Every few years, Western Easter (Catholic and Protestant) and Eastern Orthodox Easter coincide, but not this year.
Today, on Good Friday, Eastern Orthodox Christian pilgrims marched through the stone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion more than 2,000 years ago.
Most Romanians being of Eastern Orthodox denomination, this is the "official" Easter in my country, being also a more "spectacular" holiday than the Western Easter, last week. I'm not Orthodox, but like to celebrate this second Easter as well. So, once again,
The spiritual highlight of Eastern Orthodox Holy Week is the miracle of the Holy Fire, a flame that is said to appear spontaneously from the tomb of Jesus on the day before Easter. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Jerusalem for the Holy fire ceremony, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians).
The Holy Fire is brought to us, as well as to many other countries, by special flights from Jerusalem, every year.
The ceremony is broadcast live on Great Saturday night.
With this post, Macro Flowers Saturday comes to an end.
I want to thank everyone for their participation in Macro Flowers Saturday meme for the last two years.
The time has come to close this meme or at least to take a long break.
It has been a wonderful time for me, spent in the company of your lovely flowers.
If I'll ever decide to restart the meme, I'll bang all drums laud, so bookmark or follow this blog to hear the drums.