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Monday, January 6, 2014

January 6 : Feast of Epiphany

Today the nature of the waters is sanctified,
The Jordan bursts forth and turns back the flood of its streams,
Seeing the Master wash Himself.

To the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
You came, O Lord, taking the form of a servant,
Asking for baptism though you have no sin.
The waters saw You and were afraid.
The Forerunner began to tremble and cried out, saying:
How shall the lampstand illumine the Light?
How shall the servant lay hands upon the Master?
Sanctify both me and the waters, O Savior,
Who takes away the sins of the world.

For information on the Feast of Epiphany, or Theophany, which is celebrated today, see the Catholic Encyclopedia, and the websites of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and of course, Wikipedia.

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