Monday, January 21, 2008
The Blessing of Jordan
Today, we celebrated in church, the service called the "Great Blessing of Water." It is held in conjunction with the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. The day is also known as Epiphany, Theophany, Manifestation and Yordan.
Here are a few fotos from the water-blessing service. It is always one of my favorite rituals of the year. There is a refreshing nature about the custom that is good for body and soul. The waters are considered to have the "blessing of Jordan" as the pray says, as did the river by that name, at the moment of Christ's baptism.
See our weekly bulletin or more info and explanations of the feast in various languages.
Well, now we start the season of house blessings. I hope to be able to make more regular installments here, as the days go on.
Happy Holyday everyone! Z'svyatom!
Christ is Baptized! In the River Jordan!
Khrystos Krestivsya! Na Richtsi Yordani!
Cristo se ha bautizado! En el Rio Jordán!