Temperature of Holy Fire around 40°C in first few minutes

Moscow, September 1, 2016


The temperature of the Holy Fire is around forty degrees
Celsius for several minutes after its descent, so
believers can freely take it in their hands and
“wash” their faces in it during this time
because it does not burn, Archpriest Gennady Zaridze,
Chairman of the Association of Orthodox Christian
Scientists and rector of the Church of the Protecting Veil
of the Mother of God in the Voronezh region, said in his
interview with RIA-Novosti.

“I used a pyrometer and it registered the
temperature of the Holy Fire right after its descent: at
once I ‘washed’ my face with this Fire (and it
did not burn!) and measured its temperature. And it turned
out that the average temperature of the Fire that I was
holding and the Fire being held by my neighbors was
forty-two degrees Celsius. Fifteen minutes later I
measured the temperature again and it had reached 320°
Celsius by that time,” the archpriest who has been
researching miracles using natural-scientific methods for
many years related.

Fr. Gennady Zaridze used a pyrometer, which by means of a
non-contact infrared thermometer measures the temperature
of an object’s surface, for measuring the
temperature of the Holy Fire. A silver plate which was
five millimeters wide and one millimeter thick was used as
an object. As silver is one of the greatest heat
conducting metals, when you place a plate in fire it will
instantly obtain the temperature of the flame.

Fr. Gennady Zaridze visited the Holy Land in April 2016
for Pascha at the invitation of the St. Andrew Foundation
and with the blessing of Metropolitan Sergy of Voronezh
and Liski.

“I don’t have the slightest doubt that the
Holy Fire is a work of the grace of God. It is a sort of
divine mercy on the sinful world designed for preserving
and strengthening faith,” the pastor noted in his
interview with RIA-Novosti. He added that there
were cases of healing miracles during the Holy
Fire’s descents.

The archpriest stated that back in 2008 Andrei Volkov, a
scientist from Russia’s National Research Center
(Kurchatov Institute), had come to Jerusalem before the
descent of the Holy Fire. He brought an instrument with
him which registered various spectra of electromagnetic
radiation. On that day he was the first person (even
before the patriarch went out to the faithful with the
Fire) to learn that the Holy Fire had descended because
his instruments showed a very strong electrical discharge.

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