The Light of Communion

Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the… Baptism of the Lord. God the Father spoke from Heaven, the Son was baptized, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of Illumination and the Feast of Lights, since God is Light and has appeared to illumine “those who sat in darkness,” and “in the region of the shadow of death”, and to save the fallen race of mankind by grace. As we see, the path to our salvation goes through the absolute loving interpersonal communion.

Based on Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22

At the Feast of Theophany (Epiphany) there is a custom of throwing a cross into the waters (in this case the Aegean Sea) to bless them. The diver who reaches the cross first and retrieves it receives a special blessing from God. It is an occasion of great joy, despite the very low temperatures of both the air and water (Theophany is celebrated on the 6th of January). The pier of Vatopaidi, 2014.