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St. Nikolai Velimirovich On the Holy Theophany

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich When our Lord reached thirty years from His physical birth, He began His teaching and salvific work. He Himself signified this “beginning of the beginning” by His baptism in the Jordan river. St. Cyril of Jerusalem says, “The beginning of the world – water; the beginning of the Good News – Jordan.” At the time of ... Read More »

THE FOREFEASTS OF HOLY THEOPHANY (2nd – 5th January)

DAY ONE – THE FOREFEAST OF HOLY THEOPHANY The first day of the Forefeast of Theophany falls on January 2. Like the hymns for the Nativity, many of the Church’s hymns of this period are slightly modified versions of the hymns of Holy Week. One of the hymns at Matins today says that the coming Feast of Theophany will be ... Read More »

Eighth Sunday of Matthew (1 Corinthians 1:10-17 and Matthew 14:14-22) – The Leftovers

Author: Fr George Dimopoulos Source: Orthodox Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year – Volume I Publisher: Christian Orthodox Editions   “And they did all eat, and were filled and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full” (Matthew 14:14-22). Matthew starts the fourteenth chapter of his Gospel narrative, with one of the saddest historical events ... Read More »

Discourse On the Day of the Baptism of Christ

We shall now say something about the present feast. Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, that the present feast is called Theophany — everyone knows; but what this is — Theophany, and whether it be one thing or another, they know not. And this ... Read More »