Access to Jubillenium ceremony available through the Internet

NEW YORK -- A millennium candle-lighting project to honor loved ones in the spirit of worldwide harmony will enable people to participate even from far away.

The project, at what is being called the Jubillenium Candle Site, is under way at the Sea of Galilee near Kursi, site of Jesus' miracle of the swine. According to the gospels, Jesus exorcised two men of evil spirits, which then possessed a herd of swine grazing nearby. The swine then ran into the sea and drowned.

The site is on the eastern rim of the Sea of Galilee and about four miles north of Kibbutz Ein Gev.

In the 1970s, the remains of an ancient structure were uncovered there during road construction. Evidence of a Byzantine monastery was unearthed as well as its surrounding walls.

Nearby, a chapel was discovered with three separate layers of mosaics as well as columns and a stone bench for viewing the Sea of Galilee.

The Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority reconstructed the lower church and its oil press and discovered residential buildings; courtyards; drainage channels, and the skeletons of 30 men, thought to be local priests.

Millennium visitors will be able to light a candle when visiting. For those not able to visit the Holy Land, arrangements can be made to light a candle via the project's Web site at or by e-mailing [email protected].

The cost per candle is $7 if purchased at the site; $10 by mail or through the Web site. All participants will receive an official certificate stating the name of the purchaser, the person honored and the date the candle was lighted. A large part of the proceeds will be donated to aid needy children worldwide and to promote global conservation. The site will remain open until the end of 2002.

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