The Stone of Anointing

The first thing that attracts attention at the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem, Holy Land) is a marble slab on the floor, opposite the door, above which hang eight oil lamps.


Pilgrims come to this place to kneel at it, kiss the stone, Pray and place personal items on it.


This is the stone on which the body of Jesus was placed and was washed and prepared for burial.
This is the stone Jesus was anointed after he was removed down from the Cross.
This is the Stone of the Anointing, also known as the Stone of Unction.

The stone of Anointing marks an essential part of the narrative of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
The fact that Christ's body should have been prepared for burial shows that Jesus did indeed die physically (as opposed to the skeptics who claim that he may have only fainted and hence did not really die and never resurrected).

The wall behind the stone is decorated with a large mosaic depicting the story of the stone. 


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