Today is Epiphany Day which marks the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist.
The feast of the Epiphany is a Catholic celebration held on the 6th of January, or 12 days after Christmas Day. The 12th night of Christmas is said to be the moment that the Wise Men visited baby Jesus with gifts. It also commemorates his baptism.
The site where Jesus is believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist marks the foundations of one of the world’s holiest Catholic sites. The bible pinpoints ‘Bethany Beyond the Jordan’ (John 1:28) as the location where Jesus came to John, ‘to be baptised of him’ (Matthew 3:13).
Situated on the eastern bank of the Jordan River, some five miles north of the Dead Sea, the humble site marks a landmark moment in the birth of Catholicism.