Sunday before the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ Forefeast of the Theophany

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan.

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On Sunday January 17, 2016, Pakistani Orthodox Christians with true passion and joy celebrated the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. Our Theophany service also included, the blessing of the water and after the blessing of the water Fr. Joseph Farooq sprinkled the Holy Water on the faithful and members of the Orthodox Church and they felt joy and true blessings of the feast day!

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Father Joseph Farooq preached the importance of Baptism and further he told the faithful that the Feast commemorates the Baptism of Christ and the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were made manifest. Thus, the name of the Feast is Epiphany, meaning manifestation, or Theophany, meaning manifestation of God. The water blessed at the service of Theophany is traditionally used to bless homes of the faithful.

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