- Title: WEST BANK: Christians re-enact Jesus' baptism in Jordan River
- Date: 18th January 2014
- Summary: QASR AL-YAHUD, WEST BANK (JANUARY 18, 2014) (REUTERS) WORSHIPERS AT JORDAN RIVER TO ATTEND BAPTISM CEREMONY BELL TOWER ON THE JORDANIAN SIDE OF RIVER GOLDEN CRUCIFIX ON THE JORDANIAN SIDE OF RIVER HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIPERS MARCHING TOWARDS JORDAN RIVER BAND MARCHING TOWARD RIVER SYMBOL OF ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE / CEREMONY GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM, THEOPHILOS THE THIRD, AT CEREMONY (SOUNDBITE) (English) GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM, THEOPHILOS THE THIRD, SAYING: "It is a very special day because it is a day of peace, of righteousness, justice and above all a day of reconciliation." WORSHIPERS TAKING PHOTO VARIOUS OF PATRIARCH LEADING MASS VARIOUS OF WORSHIPERS WATCHING BAPTISMS CHILD BEING BAPTISED IN JORDAN RIVER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE BEING BAPTISED (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROMANIAN WORSHIPER, FLORINTINA, SAYING: "So we did not see much because there is too much people, but we enjoy a lot. It is a bless for us to be here." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE BEING BAPTISED
- Embargoed: 2nd February 2014 12:00
- Location: West bank
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Religion,Religion
- Reuters ID: LVAGPDQDW0ZIBE3LRRJULC8IVVI
- Story Text: Worshippers from around the world made their way to the Jordan River on Saturday (January 18) to immerse themselves in water at the place where
Christian tradition says John the Baptist baptised Jesus.
Jesus' baptism is commemorated at Epiphany, which Orthodox Christians celebrate around January 19.
Some historians identify Qasr Al Yahud, at the border area between the West Bank and Jordan, as the approximate site of the original baptism.
Saturday's baptisms were led by Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos the Third.
"It is a very special day because it is a day of peace, of righteousness, justice and above all a day of reconciliation," he said as walked toward the river.
People lined up on both side of the river to watch as people took part in the baptism ceremony.
One worshiper from Romania said she felt blessed to witness the event.
"We did not see much because there is too much people but we enjoy a lot it is a bless for us to be here," she said.
In Orthodox tradition, baptism is executed by immersion into the water three times.
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