Theophany: Baptism of Our Lord

January 6, 2021

Icon courtesy of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Butte, MT

Christ Appeared in the Jordan to Bless the Waters

At Theophany (or Epiphany), we see clearly the divinity of Christ, along with the renewal and enlightenment He brings.

In this feast, Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou writes, “the Church calls us to renew our baptism and to live up to our calling to be pure children of light. Just as no physical life is possible without water and light, so too spiritual life cannot be sustained if we are not properly cleansed and if we do not walk in the light of Christ” (Meditations for the Twelve Great Feasts, pp. 43–44).

As You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to You, naming you the Beloved Son; and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the sureness of the word. O Christ God who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You.

— Apolytikion of the Feast