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Holy Water Guide: Customs, History, And Bible Sources

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Holy Water Holy water is water that has been blessed, that is, set aside for spiritual use, by a cleric. Predominantly a Roman Catholic sacramental (little sacrament) and the blessing is done by a priest or bishop. This sacrament can be found in Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity but has also spread to other denominations […]

The Jordan River

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The River Jordan, in which John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus of Nazareth, is a river in Southwest Asia which flows into the Dead Sea. It is considered to be one of the world’s most sacred rivers. It originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, Israel. It ends […]

John the Baptist

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John the Baptist was born around the same time period as Jesus is revered in Christianity as the forerunner of Jesus. His mother Elizabeth was said to be a relative of Mary and his father the priest Zechariah. There is a strong resemblance between John the Baptist and Jesus. Their fathers were both informed of […]

The Baptism of Jesus

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John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus of Nazareth at the Jordan River, which flows south from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea that John the Baptist. We learn this from the different scriptures in which the Baptism of Jesus is recounted, such as: Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34. The exact […]

The Origins and Significance of Baptism

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The Old Testament describes the immersion in water for the purpose of purification and cleansing but there is no mention of the word baptism. “It must be put in water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.” Leviticus 11:32   In the days of the First Temple, dipping objects […]

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