Following tradition, Orthodox Christians from around the world revered Good Friday with a procession through Jerusalem's Old City following the same steps Jesus Christ is believed to have taken on the day of His crucifixion.
Eastern and Western Christians mark Easter according to different calendars. On this Good Friday of Passover, pilgrims from Jordan, Egypt, Switzerland and many other countries flooded the streets of the Old City, walking to the place they believe Christ was buried. Many carried crosses. All carried prayers, either written or not.
Israeli security forces were deployed inside the walled Old City and around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in East Jerusalem. They stood guard to assist the flow of thousands of worshipers through the narrow streets. Their presence also aided in calming fears of potential violence due to the weeks of increased tension and recent attacks on Israelis.