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1. Message of The Holy Epiphany by H. G. Abune Makarius

  • Published: 2011-01-14T18:00:00+00:00
  • Duration: 1812
  • By EriOTB
Message of The Holy Epiphany by H. G. Abune Makarius

"Epiphany" is a word of Greek origin, related to such English words as "theophany," "phenotype," and "phenomenon." It means an appearance, a displaying, a showing forth, a making clear or public or obvious." "The Office of Epiphany especially commemorates the Baptism of our Lord. Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. At the baptism of Jesus, the Trinity was present and manifested. This was the Divine Manifestation. The Son of God received baptism in the River Jordan; God the Father testified to His Son by a voice from Heaven, and the Holy Ghost, appearing in the form of a dove, confirmed the words of God the Father. The powers of heaven were astonished at beholding this strange mystery. The sea saw and fled, Jordan beholding, turned back. God who was manifest on earth lighted the world. Although the sinless Christ was not in need of baptism, He came to John to be baptized of him. John forbad Him, but Jesus answereth saying," "Suffer it be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteous." (John 3: 13).