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We celebrated the great Feast of Theophany (Baptism of Christ) on January 6, the fulfillment of our celebration of the Incarnation of the Son of God begun at Nativity (Christmas; Dec. 25). Not only was God in Trinity revealed when Christ was baptized in the Jordan - the Father spoke from heaven, the Son was baptized in the flesh, and the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove - but Christ sanctified the waters. His baptism becomes our baptism, and we in the water become sons and daughters of God. Thus we also bless water on this great Feast using some of the same prayers said to bless the water prior to a person's baptism in the Church. The blessed "holy water" is now available in Church for us to drink and apply by sprinkling in order to extend God's blessing to every facet of our lives. We bless our homes, businesses, and other places asking God to drive away Satan and prosper us in holiness.
The Orthodox do not believe in magic. Rather, we believe in the Grace of God which has appeared for our salvation forming a unique Christian people devoted to good works (Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7). May we continue to speak, walk, and act in this Grace ever growing in Christ by the power and operation of the Holy Spirit.
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.
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During times of inclement weather, especially snow and ice, we do not cancel services scheduled at St. John's. Use your best judgment as to whether or not you can travel from and to your home to attend.