• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE OLDEST FESTIVALS IN CHRISTENDOM, THE FEAT OF THE EPIPHANY, HAS BEEN CELEBRATED BY THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AT THE RIVER JORDAN.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE OLDEST FESTIVALS IN CHRISTENDOM, THE FEAT OF THE EPIPHANY, HAS BEEN CELEBRATED BY THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AT THE RIVER JORDAN. IT TOOK PLACE ON MONDAY, NOT FAR FROM THE BIBLICAL CITY OF JERICHO, IN JORDAN, WHERE HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIANS GATHERED TO SEE THE ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF JERUSALEM, BLESS THE RIVER'S WATERS.

    THE CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY BY THE ORTHODOX CHURCH TAKES PLACE SLIGHTLY LATER THAN THE WESTERN CHURCH'S TWELFTH NIGHT, AND IT IS A FESTIVAL THAT HAS A CHARACTER ALL OF ITS OWN. WHILE IT IS A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY, IT IS A CAREFREE OCCASION WITH THE PILGRIMS HOLDING A PICNIC ON THE RIVER'S BANKS AFTER THE ACTUAL CEREMONIES.

    BLESSING OF THE WATERS COMMEMORATES THE BAPTISM OF JESUS CHRIST, AND DURING THE CEREMONY PRAYERS WHICH RECOUNT THE EVENT ARE RECITED. THE FINAL ACTS ARE THE IMMERSION OF A CROSS IN THE RIVER AND BAPTISM OF INFANTS.

    DESPITE COLD WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN, IT DIDN'T DETER THE PILGRIMS AND THE CLERGY, ALTHOUGH THE INFANTS CRIED LUSTILY AS THEY WERE IMMERSED IN THE COLD WATERS OF THE JORDAN.

    THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY HAS ITS ORIGINS LOST IN ANTIQUITY, BUT IT WAS WIDELY KNOWN AND PRACTISED IN SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA. AT ONE TIME, IT RANKED AS THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT FESTIVAL IN THE CHRISTIAN CALENDAR AFTER EASTER, BUT LOST ITS POPULARITY WITH THE ADVENT OF CHRISTMAS AS A MAJOR FESTIVAL IN THE THIRD CENTURY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAJAE1SF2TUR7FWU4KT7HFZ8KH
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJAE1SF2TUR7FWU4KT7HFZ8KH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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