Catholic pilgrims from many parts of the world, tourists, diplomats and members of the clergy were in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday (18 April) to take part in a colourful Easter procession followed by High Mass.
LV procession starting from Latin Patriarchate and street sign.
SV scouts and band march watched by people on balcony (2 shots)
SV Monsignor Beltritti in procession with other clergy and Catholic diplomats
SV and CU Holy Sepulchre and sign (2 shots)
TV Beltritti and clergy enter Holy Sepulchre
CU INTERIOR altar and Catholic diplomats (2 shots)
SV and CU Mons. Beltritti saying mass (3 shots)
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Background: Catholic pilgrims from many parts of the world, tourists, diplomats and members of the clergy were in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday (18 April) to take part in a colourful Easter procession followed by High Mass.
Led by the Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, Monsignor Beltritti, the procession started from the Latin Patriarchate, and, accompanied by a troop of Arab scouts and a band, wound its way through the streets of the city to the Holy Sepulchre.
Assisted by priests, Monsignor Beltritti celebrated High Mass according to the ancient rites of the Roman Catholic Church.
For Catholics, Easter is the most important event in their calendar, starting on Good Friday when the crucifixion of Christ is brought to mind by the Stations of the Cross. This ancient devotion re-traces the journey Christ made from the Praetorium to Calvary and onto the site of the church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Sunday's Mass was celebrated.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Latin Patriarchate in the Old city of Jerusalem where the Roman Catholic Patriarch of the City, Monsignor Beltritti, and members of the clergy started on an Easter procession on Sunday morning.
These Arab boy scouts were among the hundreds who took part.
Pilgrims from many parts of the world mingled with tourists and diplomats from Catholic countries as the procession wound its way through the streets of the Old City via the Jaffa Gate. It was through these streets nearly two thousand years ago that Christ carried the cross on which he was later crucified.
Their final destination was the church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is believed that this was the spot where Christ was buried after his death and where he rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.
In this Church every Easter Sunday High Mass is celebrated to commemorate Christ's death and resurrection.
Easter is the most important event in the Catholic calendar and Easter Sunday is the climax of three days of ceremonies which take place in churches throughout the world.