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Western Catholics celebrate: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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The Roman Catholic church, the Anglican Communion, and some other Western denominations, Jesus's baptism is known as the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This year that Feast is held on January 8, 2012.

 

Jesus Christ's public ministry began with his initial baptism, believed by many to have occurred at Qasr El Yahud and considered to be one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus.


John the Baptist preached a 'baptism with water', believed by many to have occurred at the site known today as Qasr al-Yahud. The event is marked by a dove-like descent of the Holy Spirit, which is why a dove is released during the annual Epiphany ceremony.

In Eastern Christianity, Jesus' baptism is commemorated on 6 January, the feast of Epiphany.


The Custody of the Holy land has an annual pilgrimage organized to Qasr El Yahud, the Mt. of Temptations and the Qarantal Monastery. A mass is celebrated at Qasr El Yahud at 10 am.

 

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