TO WADI AL-KHARRAR
Tuesday, 21 March 2000
I want to greet all of you for having gathered for this brief prayer. In particular, I pray for His Majesty the King and I thank him again for the welcome I have received in Jordan.
In the Gospel of Saint Luke we read that “the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness; and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (3:2-3). Here, at the River Jordan, where both banks are visited by hosts of pilgrims honouring the Baptism of the Lord, I too lift up my heart in prayer:
Glory to you, O Father, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
You sent your servants the Prophets
On the banks of the River Jordan,
Glory to you, O Christ, Son of God!
Upon you the Spirit descended as a dove.
Above you the heavens opened,
From the river blessed by your presence
Glory to you, O Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life!
By your power, the Church is baptized,
By your power, we are set free from sin
By your power, all fear is vanquished,
I wish to thank everyone who has taken part and all who helped in the organization.
A special word of thanks goes to the Patriarchs and Bishops, the priests, the Sisters. It has been a moving experience to celebrate with the Catholic Community of Jordan.
And I cordially greet the representatives of other communities who have come from many other parts of the Middle East. I am grateful to you all.
I feel especially close to the children and young people. Know that the Church and the Pope put great trust in you!
Special greetings to His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed.
I will keep all the people of Jordan - Christians and Muslims - in my prayers, especially the sick and the elderly.
With gratitude I invoke abundant blessings upon His Highness the King and upon the whole nation.
God bless you all! God bless Jordan!
May Saint John Baptist protect Islam and all the people of Jordan, and all who partecipated in this celebration, a memorable celebration. I’m very grateful to all of you.
Thank you very much.
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