Theophany

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UploadedNovember 18, 2011
TakenJanuary 19, 2011
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D80
Exposure1/400 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
ISO100

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"Theophany" is what we Orthodox Christians call the feast celebrating the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan by John the Baptist. "Theophany" means "showing forth of God," and it was during Christ's baptism that the Holy Trinity first revealed Itself on Earth: God the Father saying "This is My Son, in Whom I am well-pleased"; God the Son being baptized; and God the Holy Spirit descending on the Son like a dove.

It's a common practice during this feast for a priest to bless a local body of water, just as Jesus blessed the waters of the Jordan by His being submerged in them. In the case of our church, the Joy of All Who Sorrow Mission Parish in Culver City, California, we all drove down to Santa Monica Beach, and watched as the priest, Fr. John Tomasi, waded into the Pacific Ocean up to his waist (this is during January, mind you!) and made the sign of the cross in the water three times with the crucifix in his hand while reciting the prayers of the feast. The blessed waters join together all around the globe and help to re-sacralize the entirety of creation. Even if you're not a Christian, an Orthodox Christian celebration of Theophany is something everyone should witness at least once.

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4 responses

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Nov 2011):

    this is so beautiful!

  • Michael Lujan

    Michael Lujan said (19 Nov 2011):

    Thank you, Leslie!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (20 Nov 2011):

    These are the moments in life that are gifted to us. Beautifully expressed.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (28 Nov 2011):

    As a devout Roman Catholic, I appreciate this photo and your narrative very much!! Wonderful work you've done here!!!!

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