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a whited sepulcher

A person, group, place, or thing presented as being virtuous and morally upright on the outside, but being hypocritically corrupt, immoral, or evil on the inside. A sepulcher is a burial vault containing the corpse of the deceased. Originally taken from a line in Matthew 23:27 in the Bible. We hope with this report to unmask the whited sepulcher that is the current governing body of the sport, which has profited off of bribery, the exploitation of migrant laborers, and the coercion of those who would stand against them. It always amuses me the shock people express when these TV evangelicals are exposed to be white sepulchers.
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a whited sepulchre

a hypocrite; someone who is ostensibly virtuous but inwardly corrupt. literary
This expression comes from Matthew 23:27: ‘Woe unto you…for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness’. A sepulchre is a room or monument, cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead body is laid or buried.
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In protest, church leaders of all denominations had closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday.
Church leaders, in closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said church-owned businesses, which include a hotel and office space in Jerusalem, had enjoyed a tax exemption.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor said the Ethiopian monastery really started as 'mud huts' when the Ethiopian Orthodox Church became self-governing in the early 20th century from the Coptic Patriarchate that subsequently expelled them from the Holy Sepulchre.
Caption: Pilgrims take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City.
The Holy Edicule, the shrine that surrounds the rock tomb, sits within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The news was reported by official Palestinian media and Fides news agency, after representatives of the Churches that administer the Holy Sepulchre, paid a visit to President Abbas.
The repairs at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are the first in two centuries and will reinforce and conserve the structure.
The Holy Fire, which is ignited every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, is to be brought to Bulgaria at 6.
In recent years, Israeli forces have prevented Christians from going to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Church of Resurrection, the Way of Sorrows and other Christian sites in the holy city.
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has an almost thousand-year history: yours is one of the oldest charitable Orders that is still active.
It was handed over to the Holy Sepulchre Church in Ashington as part of the annual Northumberland Miners' Picnic held on Saturday.
Good Friday events began with a mass earlier in the morning at the cavernous Holy Sepulchre, which was built on the place where tradition holds Jesus was crucified, briefly entombed and resurrected.
They followed his 14 stations, saying a prayer at each and ending at the ancient Holy Sepulchre church.
The pilgrims were marking Good Friday by walking from the Monastery of the Flagellation along the route now known as the Via Dolorosa or Way of Suffering to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
KUDE[pounds sterling]S (CyHAN)- The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who arrived in Jerusalem on Friday, was accompanied by a solemn procession of clerics and laypeople on his way from the Jaffa Gate to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre inside the Old City.