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MIDEAST ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS
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January 04, 2000 
The Orthodox Patriarch from Romania, Teoctist, kneels after removing his hat at the marble stone slab... 
Jeruslem, Israel - State of 
ROMANIAN PATRIARCH TEOCTIST KNEELS IN CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE FOR CHRISTMAS. 
The Orthodox Patriarch from Romania, Teoctist, kneels after removing his hat at the marble stone slab at the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as an Orthodox Christmas procession through the Old City from the Jaffa Gate comes to a close January 4. Orthodox Patriarchs from 14 countries, including the Holy Land, are present to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas which falls on January 7. The marble stone slab is said to be where the body of Jesus was laid and prepared for burial after being taken from the cross. Jesus' tomb is thought to be in the center of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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