Letter to God
Our volunteers, Jerusalem Christians, will place your written petition in the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre on a particular date and time, according to your instructions. They will send you a photo the letter with details on the time and specific location where it was placed.
How it works
You complete the order form on the website
You pay for your order
Your order is delivered to Jerusalem
We print your order
Bring a letter to the Church and make donation
We take a photo
We place the letter in the Temple
We send you a photo report labelled with the time and place it was left
Photos of messages that have been placedSee all photos
Letter to God
Throughout history, few have been able to visit Jerusalem and make their petitions to God personally, directly from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Because of this, it is believed that any person who travels to Jerusalem can be a messenger and carry the petitions to God. One only has to deliver the letter or petition and ask that it be placed in the correct place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Passing up on such an opportunity is almost seen as great offence. It is possible that none of your friends plan to go to Jerusalem in the near future, although your circumstances may not give you the luxury of waiting. For example, you may want to write your petition to God right now. If that is the case, you can use the service available on the website “Jerusalem Candle”.
According to the Christian tradition, any person may benefit from the support of God by coming to him for advice or with a petition. Sometimes, the petition is for oneself, but in the majority of cases it is done for a family member that is dealing with a specific problem or going through a difficult time. The Christians that lived in Jerusalem built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the holiest place for all Christians, in the place where, according to the Gospels, Jesus Christ was killed, buried and rose from the dead. For that reason, the inhabitants of Jerusalem have the ability to go to the basilica and personally ask for assistance in this holy place. Other Christians may only have this opportunity when they travel to Jerusalem. Of course, it is believed that a person can address God from any temple or even from their own home. However, the Christian tradition also orders believers to try to make their message reach God from the church that has the largest number of holy artifacts. Since the most sacred thing for any Christian is the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre, the need to address the Almighty from precisely this place becomes a more important and yearning desire. This is why the Christian tradition includes the possibility of having a letter carried to God in the temple to be a revelation of the justice and equal treatment toward all of the faithful. This very fact illustrates once again the importance, and unique character, of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is not obligatory for a believer to write a message personally, it can be dictated and a daughter or grandson can write it on paper. According to tradition, the writer only has to understand the importance of the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre because it is from that very place that their message will reach the Almighty.
Here you can see how this service works.
Click on this link to complete the request form and write your letter.
Locations for placing letters to God
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has two areas for placing petitions written to God: the Chapel of Adam, located under the Altar of Calvary, and the column split by the Holy Fire, at the entrance of the basilica. The Chapel of Adam is an exceptional place that unites the redeeming purity of Jesus with the power of superhuman wisdom and the singular knowledge of the ancient sciences of Melchizedek, the legendary founder of Jerusalem. The chapel is an ideal place for prayers and letters to the Almighty. The column split by the Holy Light is, for Orthodox pilgrims, the preferred place to leave written petitions.