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Jericho - Garden City
Jericho is a special place, definitely worth visiting, as it is the lowest (230 meters below the sea lever) and the oldest (around 10 000 years) town on Earth. Arriving in Jericho you will be astonished by its natural setting, with its vibrant colours, aromatic fragrances and the backdrop of the Dead Sea and Moab Mountains beyond in Jordan. The city has a subtropical climate making it a perfect place for flora and fauna to thrive.
Jericho can be called an oasis as it is situated on a very rich land with a couple of perennial springs, surrounded by the wilderness of Judean Desert. For its perfect agricultural conditions, the town looks nowadays like a great plantation - dates, cabbages, eggplants, lettuce, zucchini and many more kinds of vegetables are grown here to support the people. In the winter tim
The Baptism of the Lord Celebration is a feast commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by the John the Baptist. The event is described in the Gospel of Matthew: "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John" (Matt 3:13). In the Roman Catholic Church, as set by the Pope Paul VI, the holiday is celebrated always on the first Sunday after the feast of Epiphany on the 6th of January. The feast marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmas.
The Catholic Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem organized transportation for representatives of the church's local community to Qasr El Yahud, the Baptismal Site of Jesus. Fr. Heitham from Iraq, and now serving in Bethlehem, was the leader of our group. There were also three Catholic priests from Poland on board our bus.
Bethlehem is my new home since September 2010. This charming town in the Holy Land is definitely worth a visit! Discover Bethlehem with my blog :-) Other places are coming soon...