Schedule of the Services for Theophany and for the Tossing of the Cross into the Sea

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“Today earth and sea share the joy of the world, and the world has been filled with gladness.” (Prayer of Patriarch Sophronios of Jerusalem from the Great Blessing of Water on Epiphany)

On 6 January we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan and the manifestation of his divinity when the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended on him. According to the Bible, when Jesus was baptized: “he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven saying This is my beloved Son” (Matthew 3,17). The baptism of Jesus is considered to reveal the divinity of Jesus and reveals also the three Persons of the Holy Trinity.

On Epiphany Day, a special celebration takes place at all seaside towns. After the Epiphany Divine Liturgy the Bishop leads a procession down to the sea, where a ceremonial baptism is performed. During the ceremony the Bishop throws the holy cross into the sea. The sea represents the whole creation and the holy cross represents Jesus Christ. The Church with the service of the blessing of the waters and the tossing of the holy cross into the sea conveys the sanctification to the whole creation.

In Hong Kong the Service will be conducted this year on Sunday, January 08th, 2017 at 13.00p.m. at Blake Pier in Stanley.




Schedule of the Services

for the Feast of Theophany


Friday, January 6, 2017

18.00pm

Matins of Theophany

18.30pm

Divine Liturgy of Theophany

19.30pm

The Great Blessing of the Water


Sunday, January 08, 2017

09.00am

Matins (Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral)

10.00am

Divine Liturgy (Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral)

13.00pm

The tossing of the Holy Cross into the Sea (Stanley, Blake Pier)




For the text of the Services see, here