The Dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre

On 15th July, as tradition has it, the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre was celebrated at the Holy Sepulchre.

The liturgical rite of the Dedication, which includes both anointing the altar and the walls of the building, and incensation, is appropriate so that the Church becomes the sign of the only real temple that is the body of Christ, formed by all the baptized. Celebrated only during the inauguration of buildings of worship, since 870 it has commemorated the anniversary of the liturgical rite in Jerusalem. 

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