Civil Administration Organizes Epiphany Ceremony for Christian Pilgrims

Epiphany[x] View photos from you or fGreek Orthodox Christianity pilgrimage to Qasr Al-Yahud located in the Jordan Valley and coordinated by the IDF Civil Administration and Border Police, ceremoney with Theofilos III

Greek Orthodox clergymen participate in the main ceremony in which they bless the sacred water, release doves into the air, and toss branches.

Last Tuesday (January 18), the Christian holiday of Epiphany was celebrated by thousands at the Qasr Al-Yahud baptism site in the Jordan Valley. The site is widely considered by Christians to be the place where Jesus was once baptized by John the Baptist. Around 11,000 Christians arrived at the site, among them Israelis, Palestinians, and many who made the pilgrimage to the Jordan Valley from all corners of the world.

For the first time, the pilgrims were allowed to dip themselves into the waters of the Jordan River. The Civil Administration has worked to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate the mass pilgrimage to the site over the past year.

In the afternoon, the main ceremony of the Epiphany took place, led by the Patriarch Theofilos III.  Greek Orthodox clergymen participated in the main ceremony in which they blessed the sacred water, released doves into the air, and tossed branches. The ceremony was organized by the Civil Administration, and security was provided by the Israeli Border Police and the IDF.

Epiphany Greek Orthodox Christianity pilgrimage to Qasr Al-Yahud located in the Jordan Valley and coordinated by the IDF Civil Administration and Border Police, ceremony with Theofilos III

A pilgrim wearing a robe dips into the banks of the Jordan River, a site considered to be the third holiest in Christianity.

More information and details about the Epiphany holiday in Qasr Al-Yahud can be found at the IDF website here, and more photos here.


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