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    Christians from every denomination meet where Jesus was baptized Friday, January 28, 2005 Amman (AsiaNews) – About 15,000 Christians from Jordan and the Holy
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      Christians from every denomination meet where Jesus was baptized
      Friday, January 28, 2005

      Amman (AsiaNews) – About 15,000 Christians from Jordan and the Holy Land
      came today to the shores of the Jordan River to the spot where, according to
      tradition, Jesus was baptised. They travelled to the holy site, which is
      just a few kilometres south-west of the Jordanian capital of Amman, to
      celebrate the Feat of the Theophany.

      The high point of the event was a holy mass celebrated at 10 am by Mgr
      Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, with seven leaders of other
      Churches with a presence in the Holy Land such as the Melkite, Armenian,
      Maronite, Chaldean, Coptic Churches, etc. Protestant leaders from both sides
      of the Jordan were also present. The Greek-Orthodox and other Orthodox
      Churches of the Occupied Territories Churches celebrated the Feast Day on
      January 18

      The ceremony involved blessing the waters of the Jordan and aspersing the
      faithful.

      Patriarch Sabbah along with Mgr George El-Murr, Greek-Melkite Archbishop of
      Amman, prayed on river’s shore before a big wooden cross half immersed in
      the river.

      Usually, the Feast of the Theophany occurs on January 6 (Epiphany), but Fr
      Nabil Haddad told AsiaNews that this year the Churches decided to delay the
      celebration to enable university students to take part during their winter
      recess.

      The event was organised by Fr Ghalib Badr, of the Latin Vicariate.

      “Every year,” Father Badr told AsiaNews, “Christians come on pilgrimage to
      this spot on the eastern shore of the Jordan River to commemorate the moment
      when John baptised the Lord Jesus”.

      He said that “some archaeological excavations confirmed the historical
      accuracy of the location. Traces of ancient Christian settlements and
      pilgrimages were found documenting that it was in used as a holy place.”

      Jesus’ Baptism site is one of the few holy sites in Jordan. The Orthodox
      Church has just built a church nearby dedicated to John the Baptist. Other
      Christian communities have started building their own. (ID)
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