Dear Reader,

Today (6th January) is the Feast of the Theophany, and thus the official end of the Christmas season, and Nativity Cycle (25th December/6th January. On this Feast Day we celebrate the appearance of God through the Baptism of Jesus Christ, the Son of God by Saint John the Forerunner/Baptist in the River Jordan. Through this appearance during and after the Baptism, the Trinity (Most Holy Trinity) was revealed to the world.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptised, 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. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”’ (Matthew 3:13-17)

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”‘ (Mark 1:9-11)

When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”‘ (Luke 3:21-22)

Troparion (Tone 1)

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptised in the Jordan, 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.

 – https://orthodoxwiki.org/Theophany

Amen.

To the Reader:
Have a Blessed day and may God Bless you and your Family.
Jonah.

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