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The great Feast of Theophany (lit., "God's appearance"; Jan. 6) fulfills and completes our celebration begun at Christmas. The Son of God was born of the Virgin "to fulfill all righteousness" (Matt. 3:15) by entering the Jordan River, joining us sinners, taking our sins upon Himself to destroy and overcome their power by His life. Thus when baptized by John the Forerunner, the preacher of repentance, God the Holy Trinity was revealed: the Son of God was in the water, the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove, and the Father spoke from heaven, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matt. 3:16-17).
At this feast we bless water through prayer and the invocation of the Holy Spirit. Not only do we bless water in the Church which is then taken into our homes for the blessing of our households, but we bless the water running through our city - the Mahoning River in downtown Warren. The blessing of the Jordan is extended into the lives of every citizen of our community. "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for Your mercy and Your truth, lest the nations say, 'Where is their God?' Our God is in heaven above; and both in heaven and on earth, all things whatsoever He wills, He does." (Ps. 113:9-11)
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