The Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ (Baptism of the Lord). A Joyous Feast to All!
Prefestal Troparion. Tone 4
The River Jordan was once turned back by the mantle of Elisha / when Elijah had been taken up, /
and the waters were divided hither and thither. /
And for him the watery path became dry, /
Verily as a type of baptism, /
Whereby we cross the flowing stream of life. //
Christ hath appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters.
Prefestal Kontakion – Tone 4
In the streams of the Jordan today /
the Lord cried to John: /
Be not afraid to baptize Me, /
for, I am come to save Adam, //
the first-fashioned man.
Troparion of Theophany Tone 1:
When Thou, wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, /
the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; /
for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, /
calling Thee His beloved Son. /
And the Spirit in the form of a dove /
confirmed the certainty of the word. /
O Christ our God, Who hast appeared //
and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.
Kontakion of Theophany Tone 4:
Thou hast appeared today unto the whole world, /
and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us /
who with knowledge chant unto Thee: /
Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared, //
O Light Unapproachable!
Great Blessing of the Waters on the Spokane River Makes Coeur d’ Alene press.
Great are Thee, O Lord, and wonderful Thy works, and no word is adequate to sing the praise of Thy wonders
The waters beheld thee, O God, the waters beheld thee and feared.
Saint Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Portland (FB) Celebrated Holy Badarak with the Blessing of Holy Water. The Armenian’s celebrate a combined Nativity/Theophany Celebration as their ancient custom.
St Kevork’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Portland Celebrating the Nativity and Baptism of Christ with the Great Blessing of the Waters.
Let the people, O God, confess to thee; let all the people give praise to thee; the earth hath yielded her fruit.
Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hath been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.
That these waters may be sanctified by the power, and effectual operation, and descent of the Holy Spirit.
Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg, Washington Blessed Mercer Creek which runs along their property and flows into the Yakima River.
Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg, WA with the Great Blessing of the Waters 2015.
When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity wast made manifest;
for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son.
And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee. Troparion of the Feast
Thou didst bow thy head to the Forerunner, thereby crushing the heads of the dragons. And having stood in the streams, thou didst illuminate the whole creation. Wherefore, let it glorify thee, O Saviour, thou Illumination of our souls.
St John Orthodox Church (FB) in Kennewick, WA,
Great Blessing of the Waters on the Columbia River 2015 with the Parish of St Johns in Kennewick, WA.
Swimming for the Cross Theophany 2015 on the Columbia River Water temp in the 40s. St John Church in Kennewick, WA.
The Lord is upon many waters. I will love Thee O Lord my strength.Thou didst appear in the world, O Creator of the world, to lighten them that sit in darkness. Wherefore, O Lover of Mankind, glory to thee.
“Priests from St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Vancouver, Protopresbyter Fr. Demitrios Partsafas and Father-Constantinos Economos, from Saints Nicholas and Demetrios Church in East Vancouver, Fr. Tim Prattas and from Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Surrey, Fr. Kosta Kaltsidis revived a tradition that last occurred 32 years ago Blessing the waters in Vancouver that took place in Kitsilano beach. The three young Greek Canadians who brought back the cross from the water are Stefanos Chountalos, Apostoli Nicolinas and Kosta Panos. Congratulations !!!” May this renewed tradition continue for many years!
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