Theophany: The Baptism of the Lord



On January 6 Orthodox Christians celebrate the Baptism of Christ.

Services at the Church:

  • Friday, January 5, 6 p.m. – Blessing of Water
  • Saturday, January 6, 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

The following Sunday, January 7,  at 4 p.m. the Orthodox Churches in the Jackson area will celebrate this together by blessing the waters of the Ross Barnett Reservoir and plunging a Cross into it. Participating Churches are Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church, Jackson, St. Peter Orthodox Church, Madison, and Holy Resurrection.

Join us at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 8, at the Cock of the Walk restaurant  on the Reservoir. The Blessing will take place at the waterside to the left of the restaurant. Afterwards we go inside and eat together.

Our Lord’s Baptism is one of the major events of His life. All four Gospels start His public ministry at the Jordan. It is an image of His entire work of salvation: He descends into the water just as He has descended from Heaven to earth to take our life as His own, and as later He will descend into death to take our death as His own, win the victory over death and raise us to life with Him. It is the pattern of our own baptism, in which we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)”

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