Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Holy Sepulchre Dedication Day

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There is almost always a long line of pilgrims waiting for their one minute of time inside the edicule and the tomb.

July 15 is celebrated every year in Jerusalem as Dedication Day of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. 
Consecration of the new church (built over earlier destroyed ones)  took place on July 15, 1149, the 50th anniversary of the Crusaders' conquest of Jerusalem.

Solemn Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow by Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land.
UPDATE: Here is the latest video: http://www.terrasanctablog.org/2015/07/17/the-feast-of-the-dedication-of-the-holy-sepulcher/ 

Here is a 3-minute video of the Mass from several years ago, also presided by the Custos:



(Linking to inSPIRED Sunday.)
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10 comments:

William Kendall said...

Fascinating video, Dina! I can imagine it'll be busy there!

Gosia k said...

interesting place for visiting

Cloudia said...

Fascinating indeed!

Shalom

Hels said...

Thank you! Assuming the 15th July 1149 was indeed the 50th anniversary of the Crusaders' conquest of Jerusalem, it must have been a day of great celebrating in the city. They weren't too confident of conquering the land in the first place and could not guarantee that it would remain in crusader hands for too much longer into the future.

Spiderdama said...

Interesting. I like the light in this church coming in from different placed. Good for photography.

Gerard Michaud said...

Lovely photos.. Dina
Alice

VP said...

A lot of strange stories about this place...

Birdman said...

Must be wonderful to be there in person. Enjoyed the clip.

Tom said...

...few ancient times!

Bill Nicholls said...

That looks a bit co a crush to attend