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The history of the phenomenon of the Holy Fire is as obscure as it is unknown to most non-Orthodox Christians. Each year at Pascha, according to a living tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, a heavenly light comes down into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and ignites a lamp which has been placed in the tomb. This history should certainly arouse the curiosity of anyone who is not a believer; it should help expand the knowledge of non-Orthodox Christians; and it will provide Orthodox Christians with a better understanding of a phenomenon deeply embedded in the historical Church’s ties to the Eternal.
About the AuthorThe Right Reverend Auxentios, Director of the C.T.O.S., is a graduate of Princeton University. He received the Licentiate in Theology from the C.T.O.S. and the Doctor of Theology degree in Orthodox Liturgics at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.
About the PrefacerThe Most Reverend Dr. Chrysostomos is a Senior Scholar at the C.T.O.S. He completed his studies in history (with a concentration in Byzantine historical theology) at the University of California, the Licentiate in Theology at the C.T.O.S., and his graduate study in psychology at Princeton University. He has held professorial posts at the University of California, Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ashland University and visiting professorships at the Theological Institute of Uppsala University (Sweden) and, as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania, at the University of Bucharest, the Alexandru I. Cuza University of Iaşi, and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism. His Eminence is also former Executive Director of the United States Fulbright Commission in Romania.