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Patriarch-Archbishop Nourhan Manougian leads Armenian Orthodox Epiphany Celebrations at Jordan River

January 26, 2017 Featured News
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Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem – 26/1/17 Sunday the 22nd of January we celebrated the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ at the banks of the Jordan River, near Jericho. The Ceremony was led by Patriarch-Archbishop Nourhan Manougian of Jerusalem. A large number of Armenians, both local and non-locals joined the annual pilgrimage on […]

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PHOTO Cold Hands, Warm Hearts: Russians Brave the Cold to Celebrate Orthodox Epiphany

January 21, 2017 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 21/1/17 Along with Easter, Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian holidays, celebrated by Orthodox Christians in Russia during the night of January 18. The traditional rite of mass bathing is performed on the Epiphany to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River. According to Russia’s Ministry […]

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Sermon on the Epiphany by St John – Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco the Miracle-Worker

January 18, 2017 Featured News
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The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – 18/1/17 As we celebrate the Epiphany, we remember how God revealed himself as the Trinity, that Jesus appeared to the people as Christ. Where did Christ appear Hos did He begin His mission? Did He enter a great […]

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Appeal by Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Chief of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, to the Pilgrims and Benefactors of its Monasteries in the Holy Land

August 11, 2016 Featured News

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – August 2016 DONATE TO HALO TRUST The Russian Ecclesiastical Mission -Memo “Jordan Baptismal Site” Please make checks payable to: R.E.M. 75 E. 93rd St. New York, NY 10128 By God’s grace, not long ago we lived to see […]

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DE- MINING THE BAPTISM SITE WITH THE HALO TRUST

July 25, 2016 Featured News
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HALO TRUST -Anna Koulouris – July 2016 DONATE NOW Every day of the year, pilgrims from around the world can be seen filling shrines of the Holy Land, stepping in, touching and venerating the sites where Jesus Christ once was physically present. However, at the Baptism Site on the Jordan River, also known as Qaser […]

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Baptismal Site will be cleared by HALO Trust

July 7, 2016 Featured News
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The Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem – July 2016 CLICK HERE TO DONATE We would like to ask your attention and support for the following project: Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in the river Jordan, somewhere near Jericho. Since centuries Christianity has visited Jordan River in that area, a location called Qasr al […]

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SUPPORT CLEARING LANDMINES AT THE BAPTISM SITE

July 5, 2016 Featured News
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THE HALO TRUST – July 2016 CLICK HERE TO DONATE KEY FACTS The minefield covers over 55 hectares (136 acres) There are an estimated 3,800 mines to be cleared The clearance will take up to two years It will cost about $4 million Over 300,000 tourists visit the site each year As a result of […]

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People Don’t Fast Because They Don’t Know the Meaning of Lent – Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany

April 2, 2016 Featured News

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – April 2016 For many people, Great Lent is a time, let’s be honest, of difficulty and sorrow. Statistics show that every year only 3-5% of those who call themselves Orthodox Christians observe Lent, and even those don’t adhere […]

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A Dutch Journey to Armenian Orthodoxy

May 16, 2015 Featured News
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OCP News Service Katinka – 16/5/15 ‘Seek and ye shall find’ – Katinka’s Journey to the Armenian Orthodox Church.  The priest who served as a guard, welcomed me cordially in French “Ah, vous êtes la Hollandaise, entrez, entrez!” I thanked him friendly, and walked into the quarter. The tom-tom supposedly worked fine. I walked across the […]

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FEAST OF ABBA GERASIMUS OF THE JORDAN

March 24, 2015 Featured News

On Tuesday, the 4th/17th March of 2015, the Patriarchate observed the memory of Hosios Gerasimus of the Jordan at the Monastery founded by him during the 5th c. AD, in the desert of the West Bank of the Jordan River. The Monastery was founded by Abba Gerasimus on the Holy Land, after he had led […]

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Patriarchate’s Land in Jericho returned to the Armenian Orthodox Church of Jerusalem

January 17, 2015 Featured News
Every year the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Epiphany at the banks of the Jordan River, near Jericho, the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. Divine Liturgy is celebrated, and there is a special blessing of the water.

2014-2015 Patriarchate’s Land in Jericho has been returned to the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Source:  

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New Armenian Orthodox Baptismal Church to be Consecrated on the banks of Jordan River

October 29, 2014 Featured News
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Dept. of Press and Information The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem 28/10/14 Armenian Quarter – Jerusalem: At the end of this month, at the river Jordan bank in Jordan, the Armenian Baptismal Church of St. Garabed will be consecrated. His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan donated property for the Church to […]

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Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea

January 14, 2014 Featured News

14/1/14 Basil was born during the reign of Emperor Constantine. While still unbaptized, Basil spent fifteen years in Athens where he studied philosophy, rhetoric, astronomy and all other secular sciences of that time. His colleagues at that time were Gregory the Theologian and Julian, later the apostate emperor. In his mature years he was baptized […]

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Orthodox Christians mark Epiphany holiday – Photos

January 19, 2013 Featured News
A Belarus Orthodox believer plunges into icy waters as a priest blesses him on the eve of the Epiphany holiday in Pilnitsa some 30 km outside Minsk, on January 18, 2013. Thousands of believers jumpe into holes cut in ice, braving freezing temperatures, on January 18 and early on January 19 to mark Epiphany, when they take part in a baptism ceremony. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images

A woman crosses herself while bathing in the ice cold water of the Moskva River, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers on Friday and Saturday will plunge into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark the upcoming Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the […]

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The Jordan River

January 5, 2013 Featured News

  Konstantinos Koutroubas -5/1/13 The Jordan River St. Matthew 3:13-17 At that time cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.  But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: […]

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President Putin attends the opening of a Pilgrims House near the Jordan River

June 29, 2012 News

On June 26, 2012, during his visit to Jordan, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the inauguration of a Pilgrims House for Russian pilgrims in the territory of the religious and archaeological preserve ‘The Place of the Baptism of Jesus Christ on the Jordan River’. Participating in the ceremony from the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem were […]

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Orthodox Epiphany Celebrations 2012

January 19, 2012 Featured News
A Greek orthodox Christian pilgrim pray at the Monastery of St John the Baptist near the Jordan River during the Epiphany celebrations on January 18, 2011 in Kasser el-Yahud. Thousand of Orthodox Christian pilgrims participated in the procession at the Jordan River baptismal site of Kasser el-Yahud to celebrate the annual festival, marking Jesus' baptism, when the gospels say a dove settled onto him and a voice from heaven declared him 'my beloved son.' According to tradition John baptized Jesus at the Jordan River in the Holy Land.

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Settlers breach closed Israeli military zone near Jordan

December 18, 2011 News

14/12/2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (Agencies) – Some 30 Jewish settlers broke into a Christian baptismal site late Monday in a closed military zone along the Jordanian-Israeli border to stage a protest, Agence France-Presse reported. The Associated Press reported that the radical settlers cut a fence to enter the closed military zone along the border with Jordan […]

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Israel openes the traditional baptism site of Jesus for daily Visits

July 13, 2011 Featured News

13/7/2011 Israel opened the traditional baptism site of Jesus to daily visits Tuesday, a move that required the cooperation of Israel’s military and the removal of nearby mines in the West Bank along the border with Jordan. The location, where many believe John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River, is […]

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Medvedev takes dip in Jordan River to mark Epiphany

January 22, 2011 News

19/01/2011 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took an Epiphany dip in the holy waters of the Jordan River on Wednesday. Epiphany, also know as Theophany, is one of the Great Christian Feasts. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates it on January 19 in line with the Julian calendar. The Russian leader visited a Russian Orthodox center for […]

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Pilgrims celebrate Feast of the Epiphany on Jordan River

January 19, 2011 Featured News

By RON FRIEDMAN 01/19/2011 The ceremony, which celebrates Jesus’s baptism by St. John the Baptist, draws Orthodox Christian pilgrims from around Israel and the world. An estimated 15,000 people attended the annual Feast of the Epiphany celebrations Tuesday at Qasr el Yahud, on the banks of the Jordan River. The ceremony, which celebrates Jesus’s baptism […]

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