I wasn't planning to go to the Orthodox Easter services today.
But somehow I ended up in the Old City, in the Holy Sepulchre, in the katholikon of the Greek Orthodox, in their liturgy.
Here are my favorite pictures (enlargeable with just a click).
A Muslim kawas kept order.
The Patriarch standing before the iconostasis.
The sun sent radiant beams through the dome of the Greek katholikon.
The faithful stood for hours hearing the liturgy.
After the service, people kept asking this young one to stand for a second and "pose." And he did.
Just outside the katholikon, at the tomb of Jesus, Israeli police and Border Guards kept order in
the line of hundreds of pilgrims waiting to enter the tiny chapel.
I especially enjoyed the Magavnik (Border Police) with a kipah under his beret keeping watch over the Holy Sepulchre chapel.