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  • The Feast of the Theophany celebrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Chisinau


    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!

    Friday, 19 January 2018 (6 January in the Church Calendar), on the Feast of the Theophany of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, the parishioners of the Nativity of the Lord Metropolitan Cathedral in Chisinau gathered in prayer and communion, to share the spiritual joy of the day with Metropolitan Vladimir and the Cathedral’s clergy.

    Liturgical responses at the Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir were provided by the Cathedral’s Choir directed by Angela Angheni.

    After the Divine Service, the Great Aghiasma was blessed in outstanding atmosphere of spiritual ascension.

    The Feast of the Theophany is the day when Orthodox Christians celebrate the Baptismal of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River.

    Lord Jesus, as God who took flesh of man, did not need to be baptized in order to purify, for He does not need any purification. However, the Lord’s baptismal was done to show people that the only way to enter the Christ’s Church is when one is born through water and Holy Spirit, that is, in the Holy Sacrament of Baptismal.

    Traditionally, on the Eve of the Theophany, and on the Theophany itself, Orthodox Christian priests officiate the service of blessing the Great Aghiasma, or the Holy Water. This tradition dates back to the first centuries of Christianity, when converts were baptized on Great Feasts, the first of which are Pascha and the Theophany. Before the fourth century, the Nativity of the Lord and His Baptismal were celebrated together in most Christian communities under the name of Epiphany, but in order to give due attention to these two crucial events in the Lord’s earthly live, the two Feasts were separated, but they continue to be celebrated in a very similar way. Both the Nativity and the Baptismal of the Lord have Eve days of strict fast in sign of solidarity of the entire community with the fast of the new converts coming to baptismal. The period between the Nativity and Baptismal of the Lord is called Holy Days (Svyatky in Russian) and is fast-free.

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