Watch: Christians celebrate Easter in the Holy Land

By REUTERS
April 16, 2017 15:09

The holiday commemorates the date when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead, three days after being crucified.




Orthodox Christians hold Easter Sunday procession in Jerusalem , Israel on April 16, 2017

Orthodox Christians hold Easter Sunday procession in Jerusalem , Israel on April 16, 2017

Orthodox Christians in Israel marked Easter Sunday with a mass led by the Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pier Battista Pizzaballa, at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre.

Hundreds of pilgrims came to the church in the Old City, the faith's most sacred site in Jerusalem, for a festive mass to mark the resurrection of Jesus. The Church is believed to be the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

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The congregation in the church sang hymns during the celebration.

The Easter holiday culminates on Easter Sunday when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead, three days after being crucified.
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