“Pray for Peace for Jerusalem” is the fundamental and most ambitious peacebuilding program of the Saint Andrew Foundation in the Holy Land, having been in existence since 2003.
Every year on the eve of Easter, together with the Patriarch of Jerusalem, the foundation’s delegation prays for peace in the Holy Land. Joining the initiative in previous years were Orthodox believers from Russia, Israel, Serbia, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic, the USA, and others. Followers in these countries’ Orthodox churches also prayed for peace in the Holy Land.
On Holy Saturday, the foundation’s delegation traditionally takes part in the ceremony of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and brings the Holy Fire to the Patriarchal Easter service at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. In 2014, the Holy Fire was first brought from the Holy Land to Rome. A special capsule, in which the flame arrived from the Holy Land, was delivered by the end of the Easter liturgy to the St. Catherine the Martyr Orthodox Church in Rome, and then by train to the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Merano.
In 2015, it became possible to follow the movement of the Holy Fire online. Internet coverage of the charity event amounted to over a million people, for a total of 1,220,232 users. According to a satellite tracking system, the northernmost point of delivery of the Holy Fire during “The Way of the Holy Fire” project was in Murmansk, while the southernmost point was in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, the easternmost point was in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and finally, the westernmost point of the journey was in the capital of the fashion world, the Italian city of Milan. It was not only in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, but was also in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and many other foreign countries.
In 2016, the fire was brought to 53 Russian and 11 international cities.