The Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Christ which is celebrated on the January 6th by the Armenian Apostolic and Syriac Orthodox communities is celebrated in the Church of Kırklar in Mardin, with a liturgy led by Fr. Gabriel Akyüz.
Besides the Armenian and Syriac communities, many guests of different religions and denominations have also attended. Fr. Gabriel Akyüz, the parish priest of the Mardin Kırklar Church gave a sermon and said: “On January 6th, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ with big enthusiasm in the Church of Kırklar. On this occasion, we revived the baptism of Christ. This feast is as important as the Nativity Feast. Because this is a turning point for us. With the baptism of Christ, we have been baptized. For this reason, we, believers in Christ are being baptized in Christ and we are free from the law of the Jewish people. For this, every newborn baby must be absolutely and absolutely baptized by its father and mother. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were clearly seen in the baptism of Christ. The Father spoke from the heavens and said, ‘This is my Son.’ The Holy Spirit descended in the form of a pigeon on the head of Christ, while he was being baptized in the Jordan River. And the Holy Trinity, which is the base of our faith, is seen in this way.”
Akyüz also expressed his wish for the peace, tranquility and confidence in the new year for our country and the peoples of the world.