The Feast Day on 6 January is one of the greatest days of the Christian year. It ranks in importance with Christmas and Easter.
“Epiphany” means “manifestation” or “appearance”. On this day, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by St John the Baptist. This day is also called “Theophany” which means “God shows Himself to us”.
The importance of this Feast Day lies in the fact that for the first time the Holy Trinity was revealed for all mankind to know and believe. The Father’s voice was heard from the heavens – “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased”, the white dove (Holy Spirit) descended upon Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Greek Orthodox Church calls this day ‘Ta Fota”, which means the day of lights, the day of illumination of all mankind by this wonderful truth and blessing. On this day we have the traditional blessing of the waters. Since the waters of the Jordan were blessed by the presence of Jesus Christ, it is a source of Divine Grace and blessing, and we invite the priest to come and bless ourselves and our homes with the waters of the “Sanctification Service” (“Megas Aghiasmos”).
The church has prepared an English explanation of the Epistle and Gospel for the feast day. This is available Below.
When the priest blesses our homes, let us all pray that the blessing of the Epiphany season be with us throughout the year and may our homes be sanctified with our prayers, Christian living and spiritual direction in our lifetime.
Below you will find photographs from the 2013 Epiphany celebrations on the Swan River.