January 20th, 2015
CHRIST IS BAPTIZED!
IN THE RIVER JORDAN!
06 Jan / 19 Jan THE HOLY THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST
“When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness unto Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of His word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.”
**A photo highlight of Vespers and the Great Sanctification of Water celebrated at St. Vladimir’s (Ukrainian) Orthodox Parish in Elk Point, AB, a Parish of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada, ATOM of North & South America & the British Isles.
**The actual prayers invoking the Sanctification of the water were celebrated outside before an ice Cross, taken from the local river and carved and decorated by the faithful, even in consideration of the cold Alberta night and sub zero temperatures.
**Celebrating Vespers and the Great Sanctification of Water were His Eminence, Archbishop +Joseph and Archpriest Very Rev. Fr, John.
Following the Services a traditional, Ukrainian “Theophany Holy Eve Supper” was enjoyed by all.
**Faithful from the Parishes of the Nativity of the Theotokos/St. Mary’s (Hamlin,AB) and the Cathedral Parish of All Saints (Edmonton) traveled to celebrate with our brethren in Elk Point as well as guests from Alberta’s Border City, Lloydminster.