January 6, 2011 - Holy Theophany
Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!
Today we celebrate the feast of the Theophany, which commemorates the baptism of the Lord in the Jordan river (Mark 1:9-11, Matt. 3:13-17). In this event, we see the clear manifestation of God as Trinity: the Son is baptized by John the Baptist, the Father voice bears witness to the Son, and the Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove. The Lord Jesus Christ is shown forth as both true God and true man. Rather than washing Him who needed no cleansing, the water of the Jordan river is cleansed by Christ, and along with the Jordan, all of Creation is made new. In celebrating this Feast, we proclaim and participate in the reversal of the Fall of Adam and the renewal of all Creation, which is inaugurated by Christ's baptism.
"Our God is in heaven and on earth: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased!" - Ps. 113:11
"Great art Thou, O Lord, and wondrous are Thy works, and no word sufficeth to hymn Thy wonders" - From the Great Sanctification of Water