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THE MIRACLE ON THE JORDAN
It was with surprise that I learned last week that my own parishioners
had still not heard of the miracle on the Jordan, which occurred at Theophany,
19 January 2006. Today, I learn that no English-language website still
seems to have spoken of the miracle. I therefore translate now the news
communicated on the trustworthy Russian-language pravoslavie.ru site on
24 January and at the same time on the sedmitza.ru site. May it be a blessing
to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has been so much tried these past
twelve months, and to all of us who are faithful to the Orthodox calendar.
On the Feast of the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan the Miracle Described
in the Bible is Repeated.
As soon as Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem has finished blessing the
waters, the River Jordan welled up and ran back. Exactly as happened after
the Baptism of Christ, reports Interfax-Religion referring to the newspaper
soon as silver crosses had been thrown from both banks of the Jordan into
the calm waters, the river began to seethe. A whirlpool appeared and for
some minutes the current turned back.
thousands voices were raised in delight over the Judean desert. It was
difficult to believe one's eyes; just as 2,000 years ago, after Jesus
Christ had entered these waters, so once more the Jordan changed its flow.