Is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre bleeding in Jerusalem?
The anointing stone in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is anointed daily with holy oils and myrrh
The Custody of Holy Land Denies
(Jerusalem) In recent days, a video from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been widely circulated on social media. It is supposed to prove that blood and oil are currently gushing out of the anointing stone at the entrance to the basilica. The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land issued a statement yesterday. First, here's the video:
And here is the statement of the Custody of the Holy Land:
Custodia Terræ Sanctæ
The Custody of the Holy Land would like to make it clear that it has nothing to do with the video that has appeared on the Internet claiming that the anointing stone in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has begun to excrete oil and blood.
The stone is anointed daily with fragrant myrrh, and the faithful collect this oil with handkerchiefs or garments, which they keep for personal devotion in remembrance of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no supernatural phenomenon that could corroborate the statements in the text accompanying the video, and no Franciscan of the Custody of the Holy Land is involved in this revelation.
Published by Custodia Terræ Sanctæ on Wednesday, November 8, 2023
The Custody of the Holy Land was founded in 1217 by the General Chapter of the Franciscan Order. Shortly thereafter, St. Francis of Assisi himself attempted to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Through his influence on the Sultan of Egypt, the Franciscans obtained toleration in the Holy Land when, after the victory of the Islamic armies over the Crusaders, all Latin Christians were expelled from the country. In 1333 they succeeded in obtaining custody of the Upper Room and have since been able to regain or repurchase other holy places. In 1342, the Pope officially commissioned them to look after the interests of the Church of Rome in the Holy Land.
Text/Translation: Giuseppe Nardi Image: Custodia Terræ Sanctæ (Screenshot)