Christian pilgrims take a dip at baptismal site

Orthodox Christians visit the Jordan River, where John the Baptist is believed to have baptized Jesus in a pre-Easter ritual.

April 21, 2011 13:49

jordan river baptism 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Orthodox Christian pilgrims and nuns gathered for a dip in the Jordan River on Wednesday in a pre-Easter ceremony.

The worshipers submerged themselves in the waters of the river at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud, where it is believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

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The baptismal site is located close to Jericho.

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