St John Chrysostom’s homily on Theophany

Inno Acatisto a San Giovanni il Precursore

St John the Forerunner

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters:
Come and receive the spirit of wisdom,
The Spirit of understanding,
The Spirit of the fear of God,
O Christ who is made manifest.
Today the nature of water is sanctified,
The Jordan is divided and returns its flow,
Seeing the baptism of the Master.
As man Thou didst come to the Jordan,
O Christ, our King,
To be baptized with the baptism of a servant:
For our sins, O Lover of man.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Thou didst come, O Lord, to the voice in the wilderness
Crying: prepare the way of the Lord.
Thou didst come as a servant
Desiring baptism of John even though Thou art free from sin.
The waters saw Thee and were afraid,
The Forerunner was trembling and cried:
How can the candlestick illumine the light?
How can the servant place his hand on the Master?
Sanctify the waters and me, O Savior,
Who takest away the sins of the world.

Benedizione delle Acque della Daugava a Riga

Spirito Santo


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