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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The church has long been a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world.

According to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull” (Matt. 27:33–35; Mark 15:22–25; John 19:17–24). This has been identified as an area of abandoned stone quarries just outside the city wall of the time.

About 10 years after the crucifixion, a third wall was built that enclosed the area of the execution and burial within the city, and this accounts for the Holy Sepulchre’s location inside the Old City of Jerusalem today.

Photos: Yaacov Sapir

Opening and closing times of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Summer hours (April – September): 5.00 – 21.00 daily.
Winter hours (October – March): 4.00 – 19.00 daily.


Sunday Mass
Summer hours (April – September): 5.30 – 6.00 – 6.30 (Solemn Mass in Latin) – 18.00
Winter hours (October – March): 4.30 – 5.00 – 5.30 (Solemn Mass in Latin) – 17.00


Weekday Mass:
Winter hours (April – September): 5.30 – 6.00 – 6.30 – 7.00 – 7.30 (Solemn Mass in Latin), Saturday 18.00
Winter hours (October – March): 4.30 – 5.00 – 5.30 – 6.00 – 6.30 (Solemn Mass in Latin) – 7.15, Saturday 17.00


Daily Procession:
Summer hour (April – September): 17.00 daily;
Winter hour (October – March): 16.00 daily.


Reservations for Masses for priests and Catholic groups, certificates for pilgrimages in the Holy Land
Franciscan Pilgrims’ Office – FPO
tel: +972 2 6272697 E-mail: fpo@cicts.org


To receive information:
CIC – Christian Information Centre 
(located inside Jaffa Gate, opposite the Citadel)
tel: +972 2 6272692 fax: +972 2 6286417
e-mail: cicinfo@cicts.org

 

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