A delegation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has brought Bethlehem fire to Ukraine on Christmas Eve.

With the blessing of Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, representatives of the UOC took fire from the lamp above the birthplace of Jesus Christ (the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem), according to orthodox.org.ua.

Bethlehem fire will be brought from the altar of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra refectory church and distributed to the faithful during the Christmas evening service.

The same day the Nativity Fire will be delivered to Maidan Nezalezhnosti square. The main charity candles and a symbolic Christmas star will be lit from  the Bethlehem fire.


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