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ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM: ON THE HOLY THEOPHANY

By St. John Chrysostom 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 ... Read More »

ST HIPPOLYTUS: DISCOURSE ON THE HOLY THEOPHANY

By St. Hippolytus of Rome *1. Good, yea, very good, are all the works of our God and Saviour— all of them that eye sees and mind perceives, all that reason interprets and hand handles, all that intellect comprehends and human nature understands. For what richer beauty can there be than that of the circle of heaven? And what form ... Read More »

ST GREGORY THAUMATURGOS: ON THE HOLY THEOPHANY

By St. Gregory Thaumaturgos O you who are the friends of Christ, and the friends of the stranger, and the friends of the brethren, receive in kindness my speech today, and open your ears like the doors of hearing, and admit within them my discourse, and accept from me this saving proclamation of the baptism of Christ, which took place ... Read More »

St. Nikolai Velimirovich On the Holy Theophany

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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 »

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 »