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Synaxis of John the Baptist

Orthros: Plagal Second
Gospel: John 20: 19‐31
Epistle: Acts 19: 1‐8
Gospel: John 1: 29‐34

THE GREAT WATER BLESSING OF THEOPHANY

Epiphany, one of the oldest and most important feast days of the Orthodox Church, commemorates the manifestation of the Holy Trinity which took place at the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. Recognizing rich meaning in this event, Orthodoxy believes that when Christ was baptized, it not only marked the beginning of its public ministry and revealed the Trinity, but also signified that the entire creation is destined to share in the glory of redemption in Christ. ThroughHis baptism,theLordrevealedthevalueofthecreated world and He redirected it toward its Creator. Creation is good and it belongs to God.

The Great Blessing of Water is held on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany and on the day itself, following the Divine Liturgy. The Blessing not only remembers the event of Our Lord's baptism and the revelation of the Holy Trinity but also expresses Orthodoxy's belief that creation is sanctified through Christ. The Blessing affirms that humanity and the created world, of which we are a part, were created to be filled with the sanctify- ing presence of God. After the solemn blessing, the Holy Water is distributed to the faithful and is used to bless homes during the Epiphany season.

In addition to the Great Blessing of Water, there is a Lesser Blessing of Water service which can take place at anytime. Usually, it is celebrated when a home is blessed, on the first day of the month, the beginning of the school year, and beginning of new responsibilities.

A sudden invisible force pulled him out of the water and onto dry land. (Afterwards this young man devoted the rest of his life to God and became a monk at Mt. Athos) Someone else might have encountered a similarly dangerous situation, have called on Christ to help him, and perished with his prayer left unanswered.

Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald, see source.
 

1. RESURRECTION APOLYTIKION (Plagal Second Mode)

When the angelic powers were at your tomb, then they that guarded You become as dead, and Mary stood beside the grave seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades and were not tried by it. You met the Virgin and granted life to us. O Lord, Who are risen from the dead, glory to You.

2. Hymn of St. John (Tone 2)

The memory of the law is not taken away by the testimony of the Lord Himself; it has been shown to the Most Holy Prophets that the holy baptized are proclaimed to be the preached. Against the truth of the truth, rejoice, I pray you, all that is manifested in the flesh, the good news of the world, and give you the great pleasure.

3. APOLYTIKION OF THEOPHANY (Tone 1)

When you, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest, for the voice of the Father bore witness unto You, calling you His beloved Son, and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ, our God, Who has revealed Himself and has enlightened the world. Glory to You!

4. HYMN OF OUR CHURCH (Tone 4)

Today is the beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the mystery of ages. The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin and Gabriel proclaims this gift from God. Together with him we cry out to You, O Theotokos: "Hail thou full of grace, the Lord is with you."

5. KONTAKION (Tone 4)

On this day Thou hast appeared unto the whole world, and Thy light, O Sovereign Lord, is signed on us who sing Thy praise and chant with knowledge: Thou hast now come, Thou hast appeared, O Thou Light unapproachable

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