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St. John Baptister in Skala

St. John Baptister in Skala

In the time of the presence of Saint John the Divine in the island of Patmos he preached to the local people and converted the pagans in to christianity.

The place is known and is on the main road from Skala on the way to Netia, where the road have a major turn you will see two churches together and opposite there is a fence and a sign in remembrance of those events.

Churches are usually open but you can ask in the shop facing the church if they can open for you.

Take this opportunity if you can go inside the church to pray otherwise pray outside to relive the baptisimal prayers where St. John baptized the local people

In Greek Orthodox baptism during the service Psalm 31 (32 for catholics) is read, which will be a great way to star your pilgrimage in the holy island of the Apocalypse.

PSALM 31 Greek Number

Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.(3) Blessed is the man whom the Lord imputes not sin, and in whose mouth there is no guile. Because I have kept silence, my bones waxed old through my crying all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me. I was turned into lowliness while the thorn was fastened in me. My sin I have acknowledged, and my iniquity I have not hid. I said, "I will confess against myself my sin unto the Lord." And You forgave the ungodliness of my heart. For this shall everyone who is holy pray to You in a seasonable time; moreover in a flood of many waters shall the billows not come nigh to him.

For You are my refuge from the tribulation which surrounds me. O my rejoicing, deliver me from them that have encircled me. The Lord says: "I will give you understanding, and will teach you in this My way which you shall go; I will fix My eyes on you. Be not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding. With bit and bridle would you bind their jaws; lest they come near to you." Many are the scourges of the sinner, but with mercy shall I encircle them that hope on the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you that are upright of heart.

Catholics might add the baptisimal promises if they wish to do so.

The baptister of St. John is the starting point of the Way of St. John, to find more details please click here.

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Maron dG

Maron dG is an Oriental Christian, he has been travelling in pilgrimages around the world since 1993.

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