Orthodox Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem
(13 Apr 2012) 1. Various of pilgrims on Via Dolorosa with wooden cross
2. Various of pilgrims
3. Close-up pilgrims and clerics walking Way of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa
4. Mid pilgrims holding crosses
5. Tilt-up pilgrim with crosses
6. Tilt-down from street sign reading "Via Dolorosa" to church cleric
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Brother Dusan, monk from Serbia:
"He (Jesus) is the saviour of the world. We are awaiting his second coming now."
8. Wide pilgrims and cleric holding crosses
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nenad Pajdic, pilgrim from Serbia:
"I'm excited and sad. I'm excited to be here and I'm excited to be part to all of this but very sad because I do remember what happened on this day."
10. Wide pilgrims kissing wall along the "Via Dolorosa" which tradition says Jesus touched while walking there with the cross
11. Close-up pilgrims kissing wall along the "Via Dolorosa", which tradition says has the imprint of Jesus's hand and that he touched it while walking there with the cross
Orthodox pilgrims poured into the cobbled streets of Jerusalem's Old City to observe Good Friday, the day when Christian believe Jesus was crucified.
Pilgrims walked the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering."
They followed his 14 stations, ending at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Tradition says the church was built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and was resurrected.
Pilgrims stopped along the way to touch or kiss a stone which Jesus is said to have touched while walking with the cross.
Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Good Friday last week, according to the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Orthodox churches follow the older Julian calendar, and they are marking the holy day this week.
Pilgrims came to Jerusalem from Cyprus, Greece, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine and other eastern European countries.
I'm excited and sad. I'm excited to be here and I'm excited to be part to all of this but very sad because I do remember what happened on this day," said Nenad Pajdic, a pilgrim from Serbia.
About 10,000 Coptic believers from Egypt are also in Jerusalem this year.
For decades, their recently deceased pope prevented pilgrimages to the Holy Land to protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
The Orthodox Holy Week reaches a climax on Saturday with a Holy Fire ceremony at the site believed to be Jesus's tomb.
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