National Geographic : 1959 Apr
SUPER ANSCOCHROMES© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Worshipers kneel in prayer around the Stone of Unction, preserved as the place where the crucified Christ was prepared for the tomb. "Then took they the body of Jesus," wrote St. John, "and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury." Latin, Greek, Armenian, Syrian, Ethiopian, and Coptic religious com munities hold services in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. A priest lifts his hands in bene diction before the altar of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, one of the many places for worship within the old Crusader church. Lighted tapers guide pilgrims to the final Stations of the Cross.