The Holy Sepulchre’s Stone of Unction
The Stone of Unction is a large slab of stone placed inside the church of the Holy Sepulchre, between the Golgotha (the hill of the crucifixion of Jesus), and the Tomb of Jesus. By local tradition, on this rock Jesus’ body was laid and prepared for burial. Some pilgrims will sprinkle the stone with oil, and then wash it off with a cloth. By popular belief, from now on the cloth is soaked with the sanctity of the stone. Some will even place infants on the stone, for a blessing from God.
Location of the Stone of Unction
The stone of unction is located right next to the main entrance of the church of the Holy Sepulchre. There are quite a few more points of interest in this special holy site and so it is best to review them in a guided tour.
An introductory day tour of Jerusalem is the most efficient way to review the church and other highlights of Jerusalem’s Old City.