Mass baptism of 1,000 Brazilian pilgrims in River Jordan
1. White-robed pilgrims on river bank
2. Pilgrims praying with hands in the air
3. Close up woman with parasol
4. Father and young son hugging
5. Pilgrims with arms raised in prayer
6. Tilt down from river bank to pilgrims singing in river
7. Pilgrims standing on river bank shouting and clapping
8. Various of pilgrims being baptised in river
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Milton Ebenezer, pastor:
"There are all kinds of different miracles, emotional miracles, miracles in their body. We have every year, witnesses of people being healed, literally being healed and going back to Brazil and doing all of the check up - medical check ups - and seeing that there's been a transformation. So it's a transformation in their mind, in their spirit, God is blessing us inside out."
10. Various shots of baptisms in river
Hundreds of white-robed Christian pilgrims from Brazil took part in a mass baptism in the Jordan River on Monday.
More than 7-hundred Brazilians ended a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the baptism at Yardenit, the site where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee, and where many Christians believe that John the Baptist baptised Jesus.
After two hours of sermons, prayers and hymns, the pilgrims were submerged into the water, 10 or 12 at a time.
Others, overcome by the experience, were reluctant to leave the muddy waters.
The Yardenit baptismal site, which hosts thousands of visitors annually, is one of the few places where the much-depleted Jordan River is deep enough for people to immerse themselves.
Pastor Milton Ebenezer, who baptised many of the pilgrims, said the river holds miraculous powers.
"We have every year, witnesses of people being healed, literally being healed and going back to Brazil and doing all of the check ups...and seeing that there's been a transformation," he said.
The pilgrims, from cities and towns across Brazil, are affiliated with different evangelical churches.
Most had been Catholic before being baptised, people at the baptismal site said.
The pilgrims were among thousands of Christians from over 90 nations who arrived in the Holy Land this week to take part in the 28th annual Christian celebration of the week long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles.
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