Monday, May 17, 2021 UTC

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

theophanyJAN 5: ROYAL HOURS – CANCELLED; VIGIL DIVINE LITURGY & BLESSING OF WATER – CANCELLED; JAN 6: DIVINE LITURGY & BLESSING OF WATER- CANCELLED.

PROPERS ROYAL HOURS: TheophanyRoyalHours

PROPERS: 01-06_Theophany_Vesper_Liturgy

GREAT BLESSING OF WATER: Great_Blessing_of_Water

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On January 6th we celebrate the Feast of Theophany which 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.

The Gospel Reading is Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Jesus. “13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

On the day after Theophany, January 7th, 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. PROPERS: 01-07_Synaxis_Forerunner_DL

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.