Holy Sepulcher

Church of the Holy SepulchreArticle

The tomb outside the walls of Jerusalem, in which the Body of Our Lord was laid after His death on the Cross. It was a new monument, belonging to Saint Joseph of Arimathea, hewn out of a rock, and closed by a great stone (Matthew 27). It was situated in a garden in the place of the Crucifixion (John 19) outside the city (Hebrews 13), because the Jews did not permit burial inside the city except for their kings. No further mention of the place of the Holy Sepulcher is made until the 4th century, but scholars maintain that knowledge of it was handed down by oral tradition, and investigated by the Emperor Constantine in 326, who erected a basilica over the tomb of Jesus, in place of which now stands the church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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  • “Holy Sepulcher”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2018. Web. 28 November 2020. <>