An impressive number of people attended a massive baptism in the Jordan River in commemoration of what Jesus and John the Baptist did.
20,000 Christian pilgrims went to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, an Orthodox tradition.
Crowds flock to this massive baptism
On Saturday and Sunday, many Christians participated in the baptismal ceremonies of Qasr al-Tahud on the Jordan River, where every year believers come to affirm their faith in Jesus through water baptism.
It is expected that many more ceremonies will be held on the Jordan River from January till the rest of the year, where there will be presence of Coptic and Armenian Christians.
“Thanks to the ceremonies, we see a big increase in tourism along with a boost to the economy, for which I am grateful. On this occasion, I would like to wish all the members of the Christian community happy holidays,” said Lieutenant Colonel
Keeping the place like when Jesus was on earth
Right there, more than 250 acres of land will be kept in preservation, and will guard the abandoned churches that were in the times when John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
“We must commit ourselves again to counteract all acts of hatred, incitement and violence between religious communities in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Unfortunately, again this year, Christians were killed in the Middle East, simply for maintaining their faith. Jerusalem must serve as a model for peace and harmony among religions,” said the president of the play, Reuven Rivlin.
He also invited Jews and Christians to defend themselves against the attacks they both suffer because of their faith.