Christian worshippers celebrate Easter Sunday in Jerusalem, Gaza and Bethlehem

Young worshippers light candles during Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City March 31, 2013. (Reuters)

Christian worshippers gathered on Sunday in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for Easter Sunday services.

In Jerusalem, hundreds of Christians attended the Easter mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Songs and prayer filled the church to commemorate the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as recounted in the Bible. The mass was led by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal.

Christians traditionally believe Jesus was crucified and buried at the site where the church now stands. Although some also claim the site of the nearby Garden Tomb as the site of his burial.

An Easter service was held at the Garden Tomb on Sunday morning.

The Catholic Church in Gaza City also held an Easter Sunday service.

The Christian community of Gaza has 300 Catholics and more than three thousand Orthodox Christians, compared to about 1.4 million Muslims that are living in the Gaza strip.

In the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Catholics celebrated Easter Sunday in the Church of the Nativity.

The Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is traditionally believed to be birthplace of Jesus.
 

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Last Update: Sunday, 31 March 2013 KSA 17:37 - GMT 14:37
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