9 01 2022

SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY

JANUARY 1, 2021

Saturday, Jan. 1

4:00 PM ✞John Cienki – John Cienki 

Sunday, Jan.2 SUNDAY BEFORE THE THEOPHANY

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Wednesday, Jan 5 Eve of Theophany  

4:00 PM Great Compline with Litiya and Liturgy- Z Namy Boh – 

 Anointing with Holy Oil and Myrovania

Thursday, Jan. 6 THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD- BLESSING OF WATER

8:30 AM Divine LiturgyAnointing with Holy Oil and Myrovania

God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners 

Saturday, Jan.8 SUNDAY AFTER THEOPHANY

BLESSING OF HOLY WATER

4:00 PM ✞Ann Phillips – son Peter Phillips 

Sunday, Jan. 9 SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

WATER BLESSING

Closely connected with the feast of the Theophany is the Great Water-Blessing of Jordan Water. This sacred tradition of the Eastern Church can be traced back to the first centuries of Christianity. In the course of time, different rites developed for the Great Water-Blessing on the feast of the Theophanies. From earliest times our people have greatly cherished the custom of the Great Water-Blessing (Blessing of Jordan Water). The people attached great significance of the Blessed Jordan Water which they kept in their homes as something possessing great sanctifying powers. 

From very ancient times the Eastern Church has regarded the sanctified Jordan water as a great sacramental, possessing miraculous powers for healing both soul and body. In a sermon on the feast of Theophany St. John Chrysostom says: “This is the day on which Christ was baptized and blessed the substance of water. For this reason, at midnight of this feast, the faithful take water home and keep it throughout the year. It is interesting to note that this blessed water is not spoiled for a long time; it remains fresh even for two or three years, and after such a long period its quality does not differ from the water recently brought from the well.” The Greek Church calls the Jordan water “mega hagisma” which signifies “something very sacred.

Baptism of Our Lord

JANUARY 6th 

The feast of the Epiphany commemorates the baptism of our Savior in the river Jordan and the manifestation of the three divine Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This feast is also called the “Theophany” or manifestation of God because at the baptism of Christ God is made known to us and the Holy Trinity is made manifest.

The Epiphany is one of the greatest feasts of the Eastern Church. On the feast itself it is customary to bless water. ­­­­­­­­­­­­During the ceremony of the benediction the priest incenses the water thereby signifying the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus at His baptism. The priest immerses three special candles into the water, which signifies that through Christ’s baptism our sins are destroyed and forgiven.


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