The history of what Jesus did after His baptism is critical for us to understand. He set the example, both by accepting baptism and showing us what we MUST do after baptism. Let’ look in detail at how to encounter temptation, which will surely come to us. We must be ready.
Category: Theophany (Baptism of the Lord
Prison Ministry Pastoral Letter 2012-01-17. Lots about Theophany
Prison Ministry Pastoral Letter.
Theophany, The Baptism of the Lord, & ?Illumining?. ?To Fulfil all Righteousness?. About Holy Water
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD, by St. Ioann (John) (Sergiev) of Kronstadt
The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and baptism, and the end, where we will have fought the good fight and finished the course. Readings for the Sunday before Theophany explained.
The Sunday before Theophany (the baptism of Jesus Christ), we read from Mark about the “beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and about the baptism of John, which is a vivid type of Christian Baptism. The entire selection, form Mark 1:1-8 us explained, and especially how John’s baptism (of repentance) is different (and the same) as Christian baptism. It is also appropriate on this day to think about the eventual fruit of baptism, which is human perfection and union with God, and the passage of 2Timothy 4:5-8 presents us with a beautiful “after” picture. This is our destiny, if we accept baptism and work to attain it.
As many have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. An explanation by Saint Gregory Palamas
Water is a means of cleaning, but not for souls. It can remove dirt from those being baptized, but not the grime which comes from sin. For that reason, the Healer of souls, the Father of Spirits (Heb 12:9), Christ, Who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), enters into the water before us to be baptized …
Theophany 2011 – The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men
LISTEN NOW Synopsis: Explanation of the reason for the Lord's baptism, including the prophesies about the visible changes in the Jordan when the Lord was baptised. 14 homilies on the Theophany are HERE If the "LISTEN NOW" link does not work, copy this URL into your browser: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/feasts-of-the-savior-theophany-03_2011-01-19+the-grace-of-god-that-bringeth-salvation-hath-appeared-to-all-men.m3u If this file does not work for… Continue reading Theophany 2011 – The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men
The Measure Of The Gift Of Christ. Ephesians 4:7-13. Sunday after Theophany.
Exegesis of the epistle read for the Sunday after Theophany, Ephesians 4:7-13. Why is this epistle read? What is “the measure of the gift of Christ.” “He led captivity captive” describes what Christ’s death and resurrection did for us, and is a way of understanding the effects of sin.
Theophany from a child’s eyes.
A wonderful children’s drawing of Theophany.
Theophany. Why was Christ baptized? Concerning Holy Water.
Today we celebrate a day that is called by many names: the Baptism of our Lord, Theophany, and it is also called Illumining. … (a homily about Theophany, why Christ was baptized, and holy water)
Sunday before Theophany. John’s, Christ’s and our baptism explained.
On the Sunday before Theophany we read from the beginning of the Gospel of Mark 2 important prophesies regarding the ministry of Jesus Christ, and regarding the ministry of John the Baptist. The “baptism of John”, and of Christ, and our own is explained, and the admonition of St John: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”, which applies to each one of us, all the time, is explained. There is a very important nuance of meaning that is missed by too many Christians. Our life must be a continual attempt to obey this admonition, and without our effort to do so, we cannot be saved, while, on the other hand, our success in fulfilling this command does not determine if we are saved either. This is the old faith vs. works argument, which, for those who were not raised in the church, can be very confusing. It is actually quite easy to understand (after you have understood it!). Our baptism, and all that God does to give us His grace, enables us to become perfected and to know Him. We are responsible for trying, and only because of His help, we will succeed. Overall, if our life is an effort to fulfill this commandment, we will be saved.
The “beginning” of the Gospel is accomplished every day! Sunday before Theophany.
Sunday before Theophany: The “beginning” of the Gospel is accomplished every day! Mark 1:1-8