Christians descend on Jerusalem for Good Friday events in the Holy Land

Later today, Protestants & Roman Catholics to walk in processions following Jesus’ footsteps in Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

Hundreds of Christians are marking the crucifixion of Jesus in the Holy Land.

Worshipers have packed Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher church, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected, for a morning mass that started Good Friday events.

Roman Catholic clergymen hold candles as they circle the aedicule during the Holy Thursday mass

Roman Catholic clergymen hold candles as they circle the aedicule during the Holy Thursday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s old city, March 28, 2013. – Photo: AFP

Roman Catholics and Protestants will walk in processions following Jesus’ footsteps in Jerusalem’s Old City later in the day. And a mass at a church in Bethlehem, built atop the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, takes place in the evening.

Pilgrims and tourists from around the world descend on holy sites in Jerusalem for Easter week.

Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday. Orthodox Christians, who follow the older, Julian calendar, will this year mark Good Friday in May.

 

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