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Sacred rite to Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem marred with coronavirus

Among the Very sacred Easter symbols of the Christian Orthodox Religion – That the Holy Fire – Came at the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Saturday (April 18).

However, the coronavirus outbreak intended just a high group of Eastern Orthodox clerics could receive it.

In ordinary times, Bethlehem’s Manger Square will be packed with tens of thousands of pilgrims and worshippers who’d pass the sacred fire to each other to light their candles.

This year, audiences are banned to suppress the spread of this virus.

The ritual dates back 1,200 decades, and the exact details of the fire source are a tightly guarded secret.

By Jerusalem, the flame is dispersed to Bethlehem, where tradition says Jesus was born, and also to a range of Eastern Orthodox states.

Since the coronavirus lockdown continues, Israel has stated it’s making arrangements to help church leaders move the fire into predominantly Orthodox countries such as Greece, Russia, and Romania.