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On January 6 we celebrate the great Feast of the Baptism of Christ, known in the Orthodox Church as Theophany, lit., the "appearance of God."  The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is in the water of the Jordan River; the Holy Spirit descends on Him in the form of a dove; the Father audibly speaks from heaven, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased" (Matt. 3:13-17; Mk. 1:9-11; Lk. 3:21-22).  Theophany fulfills Christmas.  The Incarnation of the Son of God is revealed to the world at His Baptism, announcing the fulfillment of all righteousness as the Sinless One takes the sin of the world that we might be washed free of our sins.

At the Feast of Theophany we bless water in the Church and in our community (the Mahoning River Blessing).  Christ sanctifies the waters, transforming all of creation to be a means of salvation and thanksgiving to God.  It begins at our own baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20).  Just as baptism is not a one-time event, but a whole new life, so we take the blessed, holy water to our homes and set everything apart for the use of God.

If you are interested in the Orthodox Faith, we welcome you to come and meet with us and pick up many interesting and informative pamplets that are available for you!  If you should have any questions please feel free to call me at the Church at (330) 372-3895.

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Fr. Jonathan

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