Thursday, June 20, 2019 UTC

JAN 4, 5, 6 & 8: SYNAXIS OF 70 HOLY APOSTLES (JAN 4); THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD, GOD, & SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST (JAN 6) & SYNAXIS OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (JAN 7)

theophanyJAN 4: ROYAL HOURS – 6:00 AM (1ST), 9:00 AM (3RD), 12:00 PM (6TH) & 3:00 PM (9TH); JAN 5: VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY & GREAT BLESSING OF WATER (SN) – 4:00 PM, CONFESSION – 5:30 PM; JAN 6: DIVINE LITURGY & GREAT BLESSING OF WATER – 10:00 AM; JAN 8: 6TH HOUR & CATECHISM – 11:00 AM.

On January 4th we commemorate the 70 Disciples and Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are those of whom Jesus chose in addition to the Twelve and sent forth to do the work of preaching. With time, others were added to their number by the Holy Apostles, who with the assistance of the 70, were preaching the Gospel of Christ in various lands. Although their number eventually exceeded 70, they were referred to as “of the Seventy” out of reverence for the number of Apostles which the Lord chose. Note: Each of the seventy apostles also has individual commemorations scattered throughout the liturgical year.

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.

On the day after Theophany, 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.