Easter in Jerusalem’s Old City draws international, tech-savvy crowd – photos

Easter Sunday in Jerusalem‏. (photo credit:ARIEL COHEN)

Hundreds of pilgrims clamored to catch a glimpse of Jesus’s tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre this morning, as a part of Easter and Palm Sunday celebrations in the Old City.

While some worshippers took celebrations very seriously, others rushed to take selfies with Jesus’s tomb, treating the event more like a tourist spectacle than a somber religious event. Many members of the crowd outside the church stood atop the steps of Golgatha in order to catch a better snapshot of the religious festivities below. The most savvy pilgrims had their cameras and iPhones attached to sticks in order to make sure they could get a clear shot of the religious processions…

More photos at the link.

And don’t forget the Orthodox Easter is not until next Sunday (they never accepted Pope Gregory’s calendar reform in the 16th century).

While the secular world uses the Gregorian calendar, the Orthodox Churches still go by old dates. Note that the English did not accept the new calendar until 1752.

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274D46DB00000578-3026255-image-a-36_1428231490157Pope Francis waves before delivering his ‘Urbi et Orbi'(to the city and the world) message, where he prayed for an end to the persecution of Christians, from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square after Easter Mass