Wednesday, December 13, 2017 UTC

JAN 5, 6 & 7: THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD, GOD, & SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST & THE SUNDAY AFTER THEOPHANY (SYNAXIS OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST)

theophanyJAN 5: MATINS – 7:00 AM, ROYAL HOURS – 9:00 AM (1ST & 3RD), 12:00 PM (6TH & 9TH); VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY (SCM) & GREAT BLESSING OF WATER – 6:00 PM; JAN 6 – MATINS – 8:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY (SN) & GREAT BLESSING OF WATER – 10:00 AM; JAN 7: MATINS – 7:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 10:30 AM.

Feast of Theophany commemorates Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ’s earthly ministry. At the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Trinity appeared clearly to mankind for the first time.  At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were made manifest. Thus, the name of the Feast is Epiphany, meaning manifestation, or Theophany, meaning manifestation of God.

On the Sunday after Theophany the Gospel account, Matthew 4: 12-17,  mentions the arrest of John the Baptist, and the beginning of the Lord’s preaching ministry. Also, on this day is the Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist.  On the day immediately following a great feast, we commemorate a figure closely associated with it. In this case, we commemorate and consider the role of John the Baptist in the Feast day of Theophany and in the inauguration of the Kingdom of God.

From January 5 through January 14, the Church celebrates post-festive days of the Theophany. January 14 is the leave-taking, or last post-festive day, of the Theophany; the Divine Liturgy for this day repeats most of the hymns of the feast.

 

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