The Holy Father Pope Francis recieves the Holy Water from The Jordan River, Aphrodite Exclusive Product presented to The Holy Father Pope Francis by the Vatican Ambassador to Jordan.

 

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow recieves the Holy Water from the Jordan River,Peace river product  15/11/2012

The Holy Father Pope Francis recieves the Holy Water from The Jordan River, Peace River Exclusive Product presented to

 The Holy Father Pope Francis by the Vatican Ambassador to Jordan. 24/5/2014

  The Coptic Pope, Tawadros, accepting the Holy Water from Peace river company

.  At Germany 2013 and Baptism site, Jordan 2016


    

Peace River welcomes you to Jordan, the ancient land of the Bible and the central part of the Holy Land where Christianity was born.
It is here in Jordan, the land of miracles, where many interpretations claim that the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden is
located in an area along the north eastern bank of the River Jordan known as the Jordan Valley. Jordan’s Bibical history begins in the
book of Genesis, "... And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD"
(Genesis 13:10). 
It is here in Jordan where the pages of the Bible come alive and God first manifested Himself in the Bibical Land of Jordan through the
words of Abraham, Job and Moses, appearing to them in the form of whirlwinds, a cloud of light, an angel, or a voice that commanded
them to do his will. It is only in Jordan, the land graced by the prophets, that you can experience extensive Biblical history dating
back to God’s creation, throughout the Old and New Testaments and where the lives of Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, John
the Baptist, and Jesus Christ are closely connected. 
In the New Testament period, northern Jordan was the region of the Decapolis (ten cities in Greek), where Jesus taught and
performed miracles (Matthew 4:25; Mark 5:20). The New Testament records that, "... there followed him great multitudes of people
from Galilee, and from Decapolis and from Judaea and from beyond Jordan" (Matthew 4:25). All the Decapolis cities except for
one are located today in northern Jordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River Valley. 
Peace River invites you to Jordan the home of the original Christians which is placed firmly in the genesis of human faith on earth,
to experience Jordan’s rich archeological and Biblical legacy in this special land that will always be peaceful as decreed by God.
"He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon (Present Day Jordan)
will be delivered from his hand." (Daniel 11:41) 
The divine spirituality and overwhelming serenity experienced at the Jordan River where Jesus Christ was Baptized, and where the
pages of the Bible come alive is unparalleled anywhere else on earth. Being at the Baptism Site of our Lord Jesus Christ, provides
us with a sense of peace, as if this special site is a ‘haven’ of the Holy Spirit and God’s presence is strongly felt at the Jordan River,
the ‘River of Life.’ Many pilgrims are overcome with emotion, spirituality and a sense of serenity they have never witnessed before. 
For this reason, Peace River is dedicated to offer you the experience of receiving the ‘Gift of Peace’, the Jordan River Holy Water,
the only remaining substance that Jesus Christ touched over 2000 years ago, making it a source of blessings to all mankind in
remembrance of Jesus’ earthly life. Peace River is certified by the Baptism Site Commission and works along side the Church to
ensure the authenticity of the Holy Water from the Jordan River where Jesus Christ was baptized.
 Peace River  empowers local artisans and women to bottle the Holy Water from the Jordan River using locally sourced materials from
the land of the Bible.
At Peace River  we offer a complimentary gift from the Jordan River to all believers around the world.
 

The Holy Father Pope Francis recieves the Holy Water from The Jordan River, Peace River Exclusive Product presented to The Holy Father Pope Francis by the Vatican Ambassador to Jordan. 24/5/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Coptic Pope, Tawadros, accepting the Holy Water from Peace river

company.At Baptism site, Jordan 2016.

 

 

 

                         

 

                                                                                           Germany, 18/12/2013


 

 

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow recieves the Holy Water from the Jordan River,Peace river product  15/11/2012

 


 

 

We all need blessings from God. Jesus taught us "ask, believe and you shall receive", "Believing is an act of faith".

By touching the very same Holy Water that Jesus touched you are showing God that you have faith not by words but by action.

 

 

 


 

 

This is the official website of the Peace River Marketing L.L.C company .   Peace River products come from the Land of the Bible, the Birth place of Our Lord Jesus, where he lived, where he preached and healed, where    he paid for our sins, where he was Baptized and from where he ascended into heaven. Peace River is the only company in the world that has its products endorsed by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.Our range of products is designed to suit all budgets. the power of the Jordan River Holy Water varies from one person to another depending on personal faith, Once you receive your very own Jordan River Holy Water from the same River where our Lord Jesus was Baptized, that still runs today, you will know why it is deemed Holy. We trust you will find our products to be of the highest quality and we pray that each item will be a blessing to all who buy, give, and receive.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

THE BAPTISM Of JESUS

       
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven; Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.’ (Mark 1:9-11)

The presence of the Holy Trinity at the Baptism of Jesus Christ is clearly affirmed in all gospel accounts: (Matthew 3:13-17) (Mark 1:9-11) (Luke 3:21-22) (John 1:32-34) and was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture. The rending opening of the heavens, occurred with the Holy Spirit descending on Him in visible form like a dove resting upon Jesus Christ for the purpose of bestowing Him with special power to begin His ministry and then God’s voice was heard from heaven.

Luke is the only Gospel that reveals that Jesus was praying as he came out of the water, ‘As he prayed the heavens were opened.’ (Luke 3:21) The realm of glory was visible to all, leading to the interaction between God and Mankind in the form of Jesus. ‘In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (Hebrews 1:1-2) The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in Heaven. 

Given the supreme value Jesus gave to praying, to find him praying after his baptism stresses the importance of this moment for him. ‘The power of his prayer opened the heavens as He stood in the Jordan River. It is thus within a context of prayer that God is revealed. 

The heavens have been closed for 400 years and at the Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River they split open. The fulfillment of Isaiah’s petition that God would rip open the heavens and come down is revealed at Jesus’ Baptism, ‘If only You would rip open the heavens and come down to earth.’ (Isaiah 64:1) The ripping open of the heavens is symbolic of the barrier between heaven and earth being removed and that God is coming among us through his Spirit-anointed Son, Jesus. Through the Spirit-filled Jesus, God comes to dwell among us, taking action to demonstrate his reigning love and power, calling us to have faith and repent.

In Mark’s gospel he uses, the word schizo which means to tear apart, or to rip open which he uses at Jesus’ baptism to describe the ripping open of the heavens just before the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus and the voice of God identifies Jesus as his beloved Son. At the ripping open the heavens at Jesus’ baptism, God is saying, ‘I am here.’

The term is only used one other time in the New Testament, when the veil in the temple is torn from top to bottom, just after Jesus dies on the cross ‘And the curtain of the temple was torn (schizo) in two, from top to bottom.’ (Mark 15:38). This shows the ripping open of barriers between God and humanity.

After the heavens were ripped open, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him as a dove. It is interesting that not only does the Holy Trinity occur at Jesus’ Baptism but the symbol of the Holy Spirit as a Dove is used in a Trinitarian sense culminating at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. We are first introduced to the image of the Holy Spirit as dove at least in dove like language from the opening words of Genesis. There the Spirit hovers over the surface of the waters in preparation for the creation of the universe.

Next we learn that the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove appeared in Noah’s time symbolizing the end of God’s judgment as the dove returns to Noah with the olive leaf at the end of the flood, initiating an image of peace which endures to this day. Then finally at Jesus’ baptism when He comes up from the waters of the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit descends on Him like a dove.

The visible anointing by the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus to fulfill His mission and made a dramatic difference in the life of Jesus, ‘Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit.’ (Luke 4:14) It is at the time of Jesus’ Baptism that He is directed by the Holy Spirit from the Jordan River to the cross. All three of these symbolic connections to the dove come to fullness in Jesus. He is the creator through and for whom all things are made as well as the herald of the end of judgment which he himself has absorbed as the all encompassing sacrifice. God gave the people hope in the form of Jesus.

After the heaven had ripped open and the Holy Spirit had anointed Jesus, then the voice of the heavenly Father was heard to say, ‘You are my beloved son; with thee I am well pleased,’ (Mark 1:11) thereby entrusting his Son with the mission of bringing righteousness to the world and completing the Holy Trinity. God’s words showed the unique relationship between the two, Father and Son.

In those very waters of the Jordan River, Jesus was identified as the Messiah, with the power of the Holy Spirit and Christianity was born, ‘for Jesus came by water and blood.’ (1 John 5:1-6) The baptism of Jesus identifies the humble Messiah with his people and the heavenly Father’s voice establishes Jesus’ identity. God s multiple promises to send a Savior have been fulfilled. Here at His baptism, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is first prefigured. It is here at his baptism that Jesus intentionally identifies himself with repentant sinners, and demonstrates his full humility. It is at his baptism where the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ begins.

The Man whom John had baptized was indeed the Messiah, the Light of the world. Christ now began His spiritual kingdom of righteousness in the hearts of men and women that He came to establish. Christianity was born in the Jordan River. Jesus’ ministry included baptizing, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’ (Mark 1:14-15).

 After Jesus Baptism, the Holy Spirit took Jesus to the wilderness; the area immediately to the east of the Jordan River and north of Bethany for forty days. (Matthew 4:1-11) After this Jesus, ‘went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days.’ (John 10:40) As Jesus returned to the Baptism site, John the Baptist was sitting with two students. When John saw Jesus, he told his students, ‘This is the lamb of God who will take away the sin of the world.’ (John 1:29) Hearing this, the two students decided to follow Jesus and were in turn followed by three others, among them Peter.

‘After His Baptism, Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing.’ (John 3:22.) Jesus told His disciples, ‘You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with.’ (Mark 10:39). When Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee.

Jesus ministry and indeed Christianity was not only inaugurated by His Baptism in the Jordan River but it ended with His urging of us all to be baptized, and was characterized by the sacrament of baptism throughout his ministry. When Jesus’ authority is questioned, Jesus’ answer goes right back to His baptism. Jesus responded, ‘I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism, where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me.’ (Matthew 21:24) It was at Jesus’ baptism where His authority was established, the Holy Spirit anointed Him and the Father affirmed Him verbally, He received full authority to act, authority to forgive sins, authority to heal the sick, authority to raise the dead, authority over demons, authority to determine truth and destiny. The baptism was from heaven, ‘One Lord, one faith, one baptism.’ (Ephesians 4:5)

Jesus told us about the importance of Baptism when He said, ‘Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’ (Mark 16:16). He also told us, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’ (John.3:5)

Under Jesus’ direction His disciples carried His message of Baptism, and Peter told the crowds, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ (Acts.2:37-38) ‘Those who received his word were baptized, and they were added that day about three thousand souls.’ (Acts 2:41) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ disciples continued Jesus’ teachings concerning Baptism. One of the disciples, Ananias said, ‘The Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here, has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit. And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized.’ (Acts 9:18) Also Philip told the good news about Jesus and carried Jesus’ message about baptism. The eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized? And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.’ (Acts 8:35-38)

In continuing the theme of Baptism and its importance, two of Jesus’ disciples James and John asked Jesus to, ‘Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.’ (Mark 10:37) Jesus told the disciples. ‘You don t know what you are asking,’ Jesus said. ‘Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?’ (Mark: 10:38) Jesus told them, ‘You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with.’ (Mark: 10:39)

The very same Spirit of God which fills, directs and empowers believers today, is the very Spirit of God which filled, directed and empowered the Son of God. When the Spirit came upon Jesus his ministry began. That is where ministry begins for every believer. ‘For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body……all were made to drink of one Spirit.’ (1 Corinthians 12:13)

Our Christian Baptism reminds us that being immersed under the Holy Water symbolizes the death of our old life, and we rise up from the water symbolizing the birth of a brand new life in Jesus. ‘We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.’ (Romans 6:4) It is with Jesus in the water of the Jordan River, that The Holy Spirit comes to us as well throughout the Holy Water of the Jordan River, to cleanse and anoint us to His ministry. 

‘When Jesus stepped into the waters of the Jordan and was baptized by John the Baptist, he did so not because he was in need of repentance, or conversion: he did it to be among people who need forgiveness, among us sinners, and to take upon himself the burden of our sins.’ Pope Francis 2014

When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, he prepared the Jordan River waters for the sacramental baptism in water and the Holy Spirit. It is not the waters which cleanse Jesus, but Jesus cleanses the waters. It is not the waters which purify Jesus, but Jesus purifies the waters. It is not the waters which sanctify Jesus, but Jesus sanctifies the waters of the Jordan River. Through the waters of baptism, Jesus will cleanse and sanctify the human race.

Jesus was baptized to give an example of humility to all who would follow him and is an example to us that we might all be baptized and be forgiven for our sins. Through the sacrament of baptism we are cleansed of all sin, we are elevated by grace and filled with the Holy Spirit; we are incorporated into the Church, the true Body of Christ. Indeed, in this sacrament we are united with Jesus in such a way that the words which almighty God spoke to our Lord at his baptism are applied also to us, we hear the Father say to each of us individually; ‘You are my beloved son, you are my beloved daughter, in you I am well pleased.’

At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Elisha cured the leper in the waters of the Jordan River, where John preached and baptized Jesus, where the Holy Trinity occurred and Christianity was born; where Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and met his first disciples; See Perea where Jesus preached, performed many miracles and healed the sick; at Machaerus, where John was beheaded at Herod’s fortress. Learn about the tombs in Umm Qais, which the Gadarene demoniac frequented and Jesus shared many parables with his followers; In Jordan, where the first Christians fled from Jerusalem; the earliest ever churches were built; the land of peace and refuge and where the Second Coming of Jesus will occur as recorded in the Bible. In Jordan the Bible comes alive.
 
 
 
 
How to use Jordan River Holy Water, Olive Oil and Frankincense (For External Use Only)
 
 
 
 
 

During our life time there is a great blessing next to us found in the Holy Water. It is a form of God grace; it cleanses us from spiritual uncleanliness, sanctifies and strengthens us in our salvation in God, and prepares us to receive the sacraments. With our sins forgiven, our Baptism remembered, and with God s blessing we are ready to receive the grace of the sacraments. Once you receive your very own Holy Water from the same River where our Lord Jesus was Baptized, you will know why it is deemed Holy. For countless reasons, Believers seek to receive the Holy Water, brought to you directly from the sacred River Jordan. The Holy Water is a cure for mind body and soul and gives infinite blessings for yourself and loved ones. 

 

The Church strongly urges Christians around the world to use Holy Water on themselves and their loved ones. Holy Water from the Jordan River is a cure for mind body and soul and can be used to bless your home. Many and great are the spiritual and temporal benefits derived from the use of Holy Water. If you seek spiritual, emotional or physical healing, Holy Water from the Jordan River is your answer.

 

Those who anoint themselves with the precious Jordan River Holy Water receive relief and healing, renewed faith, blessings from spiritual and bodily infirmities and comfort from the substance that Jesus blessed. Blessed Holy Water, wrote the luminary Dimitry Hersonky, has the power to sanctify souls and bodies of everyone who makes use of it. Taken with faith and prayer it heals our illnesses.

 

Homes are sanctified by these blessed waters. God blessing is brought down on all who use Holy Water. Through the sanctifying of the waters, God s blessing is imparted to the whole world cleansing it from sin. Holy water is one of those beautiful gifts from God to keep us sanctified and holy in our daily lives, and to keep the things we regularly use sanctified and holy. Holy Water strengthens the power of the soul and increases our faith with prayer and reverence and one does not merely expect a mechanical result from it.

 

St Theresa of Avila said, The power of Holy Water must be great for my part my soul feels a particular comfort in taking and generally a refreshment and interior delight which I cannot express. Whenever I take Holy Water my soul feels a particular and most noticeable consolation. (Autobiography: St Theresa of Avila).

 

Our Peace River Holy Water is bottled and is a powerful sacramental to be used daily. Keep your soul beautiful in Gods sight by making the cross carefully and saying, By this Holy Water and by Thy precious blood wash away all of my sins O Lord. Holy Water has the power to forgive venial sins. When we turn to God and remember our Baptism, in which we vowed to reject sin, our sins are forgiven and we are renewed.

Our repentance of sin is symbolized with the use of Holy Water and is reflected in Psalm 50. Have mercy on me O God, in your goodness in the greatest of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. Cleanse me of my sin with hyssop that I may be purified; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.  

Those that anoint themselves with the precious Jordan River Holy Water receive relief and healing from spiritual and bodily infirmities. God s blessing is brought down on all that use Holy Water. Through the sanctifying of the waters God blessing is imparted to the whole world cleansing it from sin. 

 
 
 

How to Use Jordan River Holy Water

1. Bless yourself –  This suggestion is obvious, but if we are only blessing ourselves with holy water on Sunday, then arent we missing out on the rest of the week?  You can never have too much grace or blessing in your life.  Use holy water daily.  Keeping a holy water font in the home is a great idea so that you, your family, and guests can be blessed in the comings and goings from your home.  Keep the font right by the front door to ensure you never leave home without it.

2. Bless your house –  If you haven t taken the time to bless your house with holy water, then no time is better than the present.  Your home is the domestic Church and is in need of spiritual protection. You can sprinkle holy water in your home yourself, or have a priest formally bless your home using holy water as part of a blessing ceremony.

3. Bless your family – Use holy water to pray and make the Sign of the Cross over your spouse and children before they go to sleep at night. Bonding the family to each other and to God in this way is a great family tradition to adopt. Keep a holy water bottle by the bedside for this purpose.

4. Bless your work space – If you work outside of the home, sprinkling your work space with holy water is a great idea, not only for spiritual protection on the work front, but also as to sanctify your daily work for the glory of God.

5. Bless your car – The car is probably the most dangerous place where you spend a significant amount of time daily. Never underestimate the power of holy water applied to your vehicle to keep you safe from harm s way, when used in faith and trust in God.

6. Bless your garden – It was a common practice in the Middle Ages for people to sprinkle their vegetable gardens with holy water.  In times when people were very dependent on crops for their livelihood, lack of rain or early frosts could be devastating. Using holy water to bless and sanctify the plants that would be used for the family s sustenance showed their reliance on God s grace.

7. Bless the sick –  If you know of any sick friends or family, then blessing them with holy water counts as a spiritual work of mercy.  If you visit the sick in a hospital or nursing home, bless their living space with holy water as well and leave a holy water bottle with them as a comfort in their time of need. To read about documented miracles which occurred as a result of using Holy Water, click here.

8. Bless your pets – Many parishes on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi have a rite of blessing for pets. Pets are loved companions for individuals and families and often provide a great service to them, and even pets can be blessed with holy water because all creation belongs to God. This also applies to livestock and farm animals that provide labor, livelihood, and nourishment to humans.

A simple prayer to say when using Holy Water to keep your soul beautifully pure in God s sight is to make the sign of the cross and say, In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Use of Holy Oil

In the New Testament the use of oil is documented, If anyone among you is sick, let him call the elders of the Church and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:15) 

Oil symbolizes God s mercy and anointing is an embodiment of the grace of healing. Keep Holy Oil in your home to anoint those in your family with the sign of the cross in Holy Oil. This is usually applied to the forehead and is used for the same reasons as Holy Water is used.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 
 
 
 
 

 

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About jordan river

History: Pre-Jesus

HISTORY
God has granted to the land of Jordan many special places. The north of the country can boast of the homeland of the Prophet Elijah, and in the northern and central regions they take pride in the fact that Christ performed many miracles there and preached in their towns. The south is also very proud that John the Baptist was martyred in “Mekawer” Castle, which is south of Madaba. In the Jordan River John baptized Jesus and there he met five of his disciples, including Peter. From here he set out preaching about the Kingdom of God, beginning the public part of his life.

Moses
Upon Mount Nebo, God revealed Himself to Moses, as He had previously revealed Himself at Sinai, and Moses stood and looked over the Promised Land stretched out in front of him. He saw the Jordan River before him, descending from the heights of Mount Hermon into the depths of the Jordan valley.

 

Joshua
After Moses passed away, Joshua, the son of Nun, crossed with the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Elijah and Elisha
But soon after their entrance into the Holy Land the people turned from the worship of God and took to worshipping strange gods. God sent to them many prophets to bring them back to true belief in His oneness and observance of His commandments. One of the most famous prophets was Elijah, who lived during the time of the rule of King Ahab in Israel. Ahab and his wife oppressed Elijah, and when Elijah grew old, God inspired him to leave and settle in what is today Jordan. So he left with his appointed successor, Elisha, who carried on his spirit and message. When they arrived at the River Jordan, Elijah struck it with his cloak and parted the waters of the river. He and Elisha crossed the dry land, and as they were speaking together upon the other side of the river, a fiery chariot came and carried Elijah into the heavens. (2nd Kings: 2) 

John the Baptist
Again, hundreds of years passed and John the Baptist appeared at Bethany (Bayt ‘Anya) on the far side of the Jordan River (John 1:28 & John 10:40). He continued the path of faith and took the mesage from Moses – representative of the Holy Law – and from Elijah – representative of the prophets of the Old Testament (Luke 1:17). John was the last prophet in the manner of the Old Testament prophets and the first prophet of the New Testament. He called the people to repent in preparation for the arrival of Christ, the Redeemer, and began to baptize in the Jordan River and the surrounding springs. The baptism he administered was a symbol of repentance and belief in God. Fleeing the authorities because of his sermons, he made for Bethany beyond the Jordan. He would sleep and rest in a cave close to the springs of “Saphsaphas” (what is today known as the Valley of Kharrar). The Bible states that here people from Jerusalem, Judea and the surrounding regions of the Jordan flocked to John for baptism. Jesus visited John here.

  

Then the Jews in Jerusalem sent some of the Scribes and Pharisees to question John, and John said to them, “I am not the Messiah, I am only a voice crying out in the wilderness saying, ‘Follow the path of God and make firm His path.’” (John 1:24)

 

The Discovery

THE REDISCOVERY

How it was lost
The Baptism Site was a major Pilgrim Station from the days of John the Baptist. Even after he died, many of his students stayed in the area which was the birthplace of Christianity. Churches were built near the site, monks lived in caves, and pilgrims visited the site.
This tradition continued until around the 14th Century. With the power of the Crusaders vanquished, and Byzantine weakening, the site was neglected and the area returned under the control of local tribes. East of the Jordan was no longer a safe place to go, and with no guarantee of safety, pilgrimage to the site became less and less frequent, and then virtually stopped.

The Madaba Map Discovery
A scholar from Jerusalem discovered the Madaba Map [in Madaba present day Jordan], in 1897. This map was a 6th century Mosaic depicting a map of the Middle East in the 6th Century. The discovery and subsequent analysis of the map led to a renewed interest about the exact location of the Baptism Site. Pilgrims started to return to the area east of the River Jordan hoping to find clues to the location of the site.

20th Century
A local Bedouin, Shaykh Salih Yacoub recalls Christian pilgrims visiting the area in the 1920s (while the area was under Ottoman rule) and building a church.
World War I, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, World War II, and then the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict with wars in 1948, 1967 and 1973 made the Baptism Site a no-go area for most of the century.

1994 Peace Treaty
The Baptism Site was a militarized zone, full of mines when Jordan and Israel signed their peace treaty in 1994. The treaty allowed for the de-mining of the area.

A Chance Meeting – The Prince and the Monk
While on a personal trip to Mount Nebo, HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad met the archaeologist and monk Father Piccirillo, Father Piccirillo explained to HRH Prince Ghazi about the significance of the Baptism Site, and the possibility of looking for it now that the peace treaty had been signed. HRH Prince Ghazi arranged with the military for them to visit the site. On their visit, they found mosaic patterns and ruins of a church. It was enough for HRH Prince Ghazi to order further investigation. Soon after, an archaeological team was given access to the site, and following information gained from the local Bedouin tribes, many more archeological remains started being discovered: Pottery, mosaics, caves, and marble. Most of these were on a small hill known by the locals as 'Elijah's Hill'. When further digging was conducted here, the remains of three large pools of Roman period were found. A vast water system was found, and then the remains of a large monastery which was identified as a 5th century monastery built by a monk called Rhotorius.

Finding Churches built in the memory of the baptism of Jesus
On one site near the river Jordan, mosaic remains were found; then marble remains; then more remains. In total, the remains of five different churches, built at separate times, were found. Why were churches built on this spot in particular on five different occasions? Were these churches described in old documents? These questions among others needed a clear answer.

The Bible clearly identifies the place where John the forerunner started his ministry. It is Bethany beyond Jordan. John came in the spirit and strength of Elijah, who ascended to Heaven east of the Jordan opposite Jericho. Jesus came to the place where John was baptising and was baptized by John. So, were these churches built at this particular location to mark this important event??

Pilgrims' Accounts
Old pilgrims' accounts show how closely their descriptions matched with what was discovered:

Theodosius (A.D 530) wrote "5 miles north of the Dead sea …In the place where the Lord was baptized there is a single pillar and on the pillar an iron cross has been fastened, there too is the church of St. John the Baptist, which the Emperor Anastasius built: this church is very lofty, being built above large chambers, on account of the Jordan when it overflows." The remains of the piers over which the church was built was discovered.

Forty years later (A.D 570) Antoninus of Piacenze added: "By the side of the Jordan, where the Lord was baptized, at the place where the water returned to its bed, marble steps descend into the water." Remains of the marble steps were found too.

A 100 years later Arculfus of France (A.D 670) gave important notes, saying: "……At the edge of the river is a small square church, built, as is said, on the spot where the garments of the Lord were taken care of at the time when He was baptized. This is raised, so as to be uninhabitable, on four stone vaults, standing above the waters which flow below." We can see the two northern piers while only the foundations of the southern piers where discovered recently. Hence, in plan we have a huge cruciform baptismal pool, where pilgrims would descend through the marble steps and be baptized. In fact this is the only cruciform baptismal font on earth that used the river Jordan water for baptism.

Other important remains were also found at the site, we can now identify two basilicas, partly built on the remains of John the Baptist Church and uniquely designed being linked through marble steps to the east linking them with the monumental cruciform baptistery that used running water for baptism. Over which the mantle church was built.

Epiphanius (A.D 750-800) mentioned a huge church (the church of the trinity) being built at the bank of the river, a mile west of John the Baptist monastery (Elijah's Hill) where he stayed overnight

After the destruction of the 4 churches mentioned above, a chapel was built on the remains of the northwestern pier. Abbot Daniel (A.D 1106-1107) wrote "The place where Christ was baptized is distant from the river Jordan as far as a man can throw a small stone. There is a little chapel with an altar. This marks the place where John the Forerunner baptized our Lord Jesus Christ."

 

The succession of uniquely designed churches at the edge of the river then, is testimony to the forces of nature and to the determination of the believers to build unique memorials at the spot they believed Jesus was baptized. To our excitement, our questions were answered and the rediscovery was complete

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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