An Ethiopian Orthodox Christian pilgrim takes a picture with his cell phone as the procession of the Holy Fire at Deir El Sultan in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion, takes place below him Saturday in Jerusalem’s Old City. Orthodox and Western Christians are marking the solemn period of Easter this weekend. TOP PHOTO: Vehicles remain around Excelsior Lutheran Church following Good Friday services near Wilson, Kan.
Pakistani Christian girls paint their hands with henna paste Saturday in preparation for Easter holiday at a church in a Christian neighborhood of Islamabad, Pakistan. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Jessica Freccero, left, and her daughters, Adrienne, 10, center, and Josephine, 7, pray at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception following a Stations of the Cross service on Good Friday in Portland, Maine.
U.S. Army Capt. Ryan Kenny, of Billings, Mont., left, with the 82nd Airborne Division, holds a light over the text for Chaplain William Kneemiller, center, as he reads while Staff Sgt. Richard Webb, of Donna, Texas, prepares to light the Easter candle during the Lighting of the Easter Vigil fire service of light Saturday at a forward operating base in the Arghandab Valley of Kandahar province in Afghanistan.
Holy Week observed worldwide