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A holy setting: Flickr photo of the week


The Middle East is often in the news with wars, or rumors of war. Can there ever be lasting peace? Everyone hopes so, for the Middle East is the birthplace of two of the world’s great religions: Christianity and Islam.

This photo, by Irish photographer Mark Gilleran, shows glass incense burners that hang above the Stone of Anointing in the Church of The Holy Sepulcher, in Jerusalem. Christians remember the death of Jesus each year during Easter.

Tradition claims that after his crucifixion, Jesus’ body was laid on the Stone of Anointing to be prepared for burial. Known as the Prince of Peace, he lived and died in a land that has never known peace.

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