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+++ The Theophany

+++ The TheophanyWhen the Lord Jesus had lived for thirty years from His birth in the flesh, He began His teaching and saving work. He marked this very beginning of the beginning by His Baptism in the Jordan. St Cyril of Jerusalem says: "The beginning of the world - water; the beginning of the Gospel - the Jordan." At the Baptism of the Lord in the water, that mystery was revealed to the world that was predicted in the Old Testament and fabled in ancient Egypt and India - the mystery of the Holy Trinity of God. The Father revealed Himself to the sense of hearing, the Spirit to the sense of sight and the Son, further beyond these, to the sense of touch. The Father gave His testimony of the Son, the Son was baptized in the waters and the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, hovered over the waters. And when John the Baptist bore witness of Christ and said: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (Jn. 1:29), and when he immersed the Lord in the Jordan and baptized Him, there were thus revealed both the mission of Christ in the world and the path of our salvation. That is to say: Christ takes upon Himself the sin of the whole human race. He dies under it (the immersion) and rises again (the coming up out of the water), and we must die to the old, sinful man and rise again, cleansed, renewed and re-born. Here is the Saviour and here is the way of salvation. The Feast of the Theophany is also called the Illuminating, for in the Jordan there is given to us an illumining, revealing God to us as Trinity, consubstantial and undivided. That is one thing. And the other is that each of us baptized in the water is illumined by the Father of lights, through the merits of the Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

November 2020
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New Monk-martyr Nicholas Dvali of Jerusalem
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Martyrs Eboras and Eunous of Persia
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Translation of the relics of St. Christodulus the Wonderworker of Patmos (1093)
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Martyr Zachariah
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St. Macarius the Roman of Mesopotamia
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Venerable John, recluse of the Pskov Caves (1616)
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Two Martyrs of Thrace
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Martyr Glycon
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St. Procla, wife of Pontius Pilate (1st c.)
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Martyrs Africanus, Terence, Maximus, Pompeius, and 36 others, at Carthage (250)
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St. Serapion of Zarzma, Georgia (900)
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Martyr Jotham Zedgenidze, Paravani (1465)
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Commemoration of the Martyrs of Tbilisi slain under Jelaluddin (1227)
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 St. Theodota (3rd c.)
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Women-Martyrs Cyriaca, Domnina and Domna
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Venerable Nicholas, Radiant Star of the Georgians (1308)
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Holy and Righteous Ioane, Stepane, and Isaiah the Georgians
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Hieromartyr Silvanus, bishop of Gaza
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St. Demetrianus, bishop of Cytheria in Cyprus (915)
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St. Gregory (3rd c.)
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Righteous Martha, princess of Pskov (1300)
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Venerable Onesiphorus the Confessor of the Kiev Caves (1148)
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Commemoration of the torture of Great-martyr George in 303.
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Martyr Drakonas of Arauraka in Armenia (4th c.)
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St. Leontius, patriarch of Constantinople (1143)
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Our Holy Father, the Martyr Damascene
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St. Thomas the New, patriarch of Constantinople (665-668)
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St. Quinctian, bishop of Seleucia (4th c.)
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St. Fulvianus, prince of Ethiopia, in holy baptism Matthew (1st c.)
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St. Sebastian (Dabovich) of Jackson
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08 Nov 2020 Third Quarter
15 Nov 2020 New Moon
22 Nov 2020 First Quarter
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