Theophany of our Lord, Troparion, Tone I —
When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan,/ the worship of the Trinity was made manifest;/ for, the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee,/ calling Thee His beloved Son;/ and the Spirit in the form of a dove/ confirmed the certainty of His word./ O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the worlds,// glory be to Thee!
On Friday, January 19, 2024, on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the parishioners of the Nativity of the Lord Metropolitan Cathedral in Chisinau gathered in prayer at the Divine Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir.
In an atmosphere of spiritual celebration, the Archpastor was joined in prayer by the vicar bishop, His Grace Filaret of Capriana, Protopriest Vadim Cheibaș, secretary of the Metropolis of Moldova, clergy and parishioners of the place of worship.
The liturgical responses were provided by the mixed choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral conducted by Angela Angheni.
The Christians who came from the early hours of the morning awaited with great devotion the moment of the blessing of the water.
The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is also called “The Revelation of the Lord”, “The Discovery of the Incarnate Word”, “Epiphany” or “Theophany”, because it recalls the moment when the Saviour Christ was baptised by St John the Baptist in the waters of the Jordan, when the Holy Trinity was revealed to the world.
One of the purposes for which Christ baptized Himself was to make Himself a model for us, for our spiritual life begins with the Mystery of Baptism, just as the work of salvation of the world began with the Baptism of Christ, after which followed all the others, namely the Passion, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension.
A special prayerful atmosphere marked the moment when the water was blessed, one of the most important moments of today’s religious service.
After the consecration of the water, the faithful received the Holy Communion, which they can consume every morning without meals until the Apodosis of the Theophany, i.e. until 27/14 January.
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