The Holy Fire and Pascha at the Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Fire and Pascha at the Holy Sepulchre


The descent of the Holy Fire at the Tomb of Christ every Holy Saturday is the only miraculous event in human history which has taken place each year on the same day for more than one thousand years…[It has been publicly recorded for at least 1600 years!]…Each year, at noon on Holy Saturday, a light descends on the Tomb of Christ, the Holy Sepulchre, and ignites the ever-burning oil lamp in the Tomb’s interior, while at the same time a blue incandescence from the same light diffuses throughout the Church of the Resurrection, illuminating the entire area and spontaneously igniting other lamps and candles around the Church. The light is identified with the supernatural light that radiated inside the Tomb of Christ during His Resurrection. (Haris Skarlakidis, “Holy Fire: The Miracle of Holy Saturday at the Tomb of Christ”, p. 11 & Backcover)

In my video offering to you, I cover the struggle of our journey to the Holy Sepulchre and to gain entrance; the Holy Light service and the miracle itself; and conclude with scenes from Pascha at the Holy Sepulchre. My apologies that this took a year to bring to you, spent researching and analyzing footage, to make sure I was indeed identifying and presenting supernatural occurences. This video was shot during my pilgrimage to the Holy Land for Great Lent and Pascha in 2011, on a Canon 60D in 1080HD video 30fps, using a Tamron DiII SP 077 10-24mm, 1:3.5-4.5.

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Justin Daniel

Justin Daniel ("Hadji J") is a part of Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas and spends as much time as possible in the picturesque Texas Hill Country at the spiritual oasis of Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Monastery. He is a documentary photographer, avid pilgrim and humble student of the Way, the Truth and the Life, emulating Lazarus' sister Mary, seeking to sit at the feet of Our Lord (and the good part that will not be lost). Like his patron, Justin the Philosopher and Martyr, he has always had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, wisdom, and first hand experience. This life long quest began to find it's greatest fulfillment when he was introduced to the Eastern Orthodox Church by then professor Fr. Brendan Pelphrey (now priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese serving at St. George Church in Shreveport, LA), while attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.

In his spare time, he has sought to pilgrimage and "capture moments in time" through photography to further his spiritual pilgrimage and growth. Some of the spiritual centers of the Unites States he has visited include St. John Maximovitch in San Francisco, St. Anthony's Monastery in Arizona, St. Herman's of Alaska Monastery in Platina, Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville and Holy Archangels Monastery in Texas. This avid thirst for spiritual growth and wanderlust also took him pilgrimaging to venerate holy sites and connecting with holy people in the Orthodox "motherlands" of the Holy Land, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, and Italy.

He also involves himself in his local community with populations in need. From the homeless to drug addicts and alcoholics, the mentally and physically disabled and, as well as, victims of abuse. Currently he serves as a board member for Philothei, a non-profit aiming to help raise awareness and educate local communities about the Orthodox Church while serving and ministering to their core human needs. While attempting to bridge from the corporate world to outreach in the non-profit world on a full-time basis, he has worked as an enterprise systems consultant for Dell, energy consultant for LPB Energy, managing general agent for AHCO alternative healthcare company, and director of sales and marketing for Spirit Gear, a Christian gift manufacturer.