The Feast of Theophany 2015

Monday 19th January (11 Tobe)

Next Monday we will celebrate the feast of the Theophany (also called Epiphany)- one of the major feasts of the Lord. Theophany means the shining forth or manifestation of God.

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Services

Friday - Sunday (16-18 January):

A period of fasting in preparation for the feast (Paramoun of Theophany)

Sunday 18th January:

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy (mixed Arabic & English)

6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Service for the Eve of the Feast of Theophany

Details: 
6:00 PM Vespers
6:30 PM Lakkan (praying on water)
7:30 PM Matins
8:30 PM Offerings
11:00 PM End of the Service

Includes Blessing of the Water & the Divine Liturgy (All are welcome to bring bottles of water to be blessed; fasting in preparation for the liturgy should be from 3pm)

What are we celebrating?

During this feast we commemorate the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan. Unlike the rest of the world He was not baptised for repentance, or out of His own need, but rather was baptised on our behalf, for the sake of humanity.

Furthermore, His baptism was for the revelation to mankind of the Holy Trinity as seen in the account of St Luke: “Now when all the people were baptised, and when Jesus also had been baptised and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased’” (Lk. 3:21-22)

During this feast and its preparation days, may we open our hearts to receive His cleansing anew, and may we ask Him to reveal Himself to each of us personally, that we may continue to grow in knowing Him.

“Water is a means of cleaning, but not for souls. It can remove dirt from those being baptised, but not the grime which comes from sin. For that reason, the Healer of souls, the Father of Spirits (Hebrews 12:9), Christ, Who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), enters into the water before us to be baptised…He draws the grace of the All-Holy Spirit from above to dwell in the water with Him, so that later when those being baptised as He was enter the water, He is there, clothing them ineffably with His Spirit, attaching Himself to them, and filling them with the grace that purifies and illumines reasonable spirits. And this is what the divine Paul is referring to: ‘As many have been baptised into Christ, have put on Christ’ (Galatians 3:27)” St Gregory of Palamas

“Every year on this day the glory of God is revealed, renewing and confirming what was accomplished at Christ’s Baptism. Again the heavens are opened; again the Holy Spirit descends. We do not see this with our bodily eyes, but we sense its power. At the rite of blessing, the waters which are thereby sanctified are transformed; they become incorruptible … Those who with faith drink these waters and anoint themselves with them receive relief and healing from spiritual and bodily infirmities. Homes are sanctified by these waters, the power of demons is expelled, God’s blessing is brought down upon all that is sprinkled with these waters. Through the sanctifying of the waters God’s blessing is again imparted to the whole world, cleansing it from the sins we have committed and guarding it from the machinations of the devil.” St John Maximovitch

St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

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    London W8 6UX