Garo Nalbandian

ON THE COVER: Bearing a torch, the Greek Orthodox patriarch emerges from the traditional tomb of Jesus, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. During the Ceremony of the Holy Fire, celebrated on Easter Saturday, the patriarch lights worshipers’ candles with flame from lamps burning over the tomb. In “Illuminating Byzantine Jerusalem,” Jodi Magness considers the ancient roots of this celebration—evidenced by inscriptions on small clay oil lamps that early Christians brought to the church for the fire ceremony.