“O faithful, come and behold the place of the baptism of Christ, so that we may follow Him to the streams of the Jordan and thus draw near to the one who cries out in the wilderness: See the inexpressible loving-kindness of the Creator of Adam, who bows His head to the hand of a servant. Therefore, let us cry out to Him: You have come and appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters.”
(Sessional Hymn 3, Matins for the Feast of Theophany)
Happy Feast of Theophany! In this photo, Fr. Sebastian Carnazzo blesses us with the water of the Jordan River during our July 2017 pilgrimage to the Holy Land.