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
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 www.jubillenium.com 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
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