THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 19 (6), 2015

The Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ (Baptism of the Lord).

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 (Blessing of Waters, Epistle)


Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,


all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,


all ate the same spiritual food,


and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

Mark 1:9-11 (Blessing of Waters, Gospel)


It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.


And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.


Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”


The circumstances of the very Nativity of the God-man likewise bear the seal of the most-profound wisdom and righteousness of God. He was born of a poor Virgin, Most-pure, and was placed in a manger, wrapt in swaddling-cloths, like an infant, in order that through His humility He might make restitution for the pride of Adam and Eve, who aspired to be gods, in order to convict and mortify human pride, and to teach men humility, which is the foundation of all virtue.

All that the Lord spake and did on earth, He did in accordance with the pre-eternal, most-wise, and all-good Counsel of the Trinity, which transpired before all ages, all of which was necessary for the salvation, perfection and blessedness of mankind; and, if any rejected, and continues to reject, His commandments, counsels, statutes, and that Church which He founded on earth, the same was, and is, the enemy of God and of himself, having thus rejected the Divine Counsel concerning himself.               St. John of Kronstadt



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