Oh things strange beyond compare!
How should the boundless River that makes glad the city of God
have been dipped in a little water?
The illimitable Spring that bears life to all, and has no end,
was covered by poor and temporary waters!
He who is present everywhere, and absent nowhere,
who is incomprehensible to angels and invisible to men,
comes to baptism according to His own good pleasure.
Blessed Theophany! This Great Feast is a profound continuation of the great mystery of the incarnation that we celebrated in the Nativity of the Lord. The Church invites us to remember that Christ’s mission of restoration did not stop at the restoration of the flesh of mankind, but of restoration of the whole cosmos.
Here’s our preparation for listening to the scriptures at Sunday’s Divine Liturgy (January 8, 2023).