EPIPHANY

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EPIPHANY?(Gr. manifestation) Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (Jan. 6). One of its main features is the blessing of water. This feast is also known as THEOPHANY., (Sl. Bogoyavleniye), manisfestation of God in the Holy Trinity?God the Father in the Voice that was heard: "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased:" God the Son, being baptized by John the Baptist, and God the Holy Ghost in the form of a Dove.

Literally, "a breaking through from above"; the word means a manifestation of God. Examples of epiphanies are the burning bush (Ex. 3:1-6) and the Transfiguration of Christ (Matt. 17:1-13). Twelve days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of Epiphany to honor the manifestation of the Holy Trinity at the Baptism of Christ (Mark 1:9-11).

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