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The Feast of Theophany

On January 5-6 the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan and the revelation that He is the beloved Son in whom God is “well pleased.” This is one of the great feasts of the Church year and is celebrated with a vigil on the eve (5th) and the Divine Liturgy on the day (6th). A special service called the Great Blessing of Waters is performed at the end of the Vigil service and the faithful may take home with them water made holy by God during this service. Additionally, an outdoor blessing of the Chesapeake Bay will be performed on Sunday following the Divine Liturgy at Community Beach Park. During this service a wooden cross is thrown into the Bay and the person who retrieves it is blessed to keep the cross on their home altar for the entire year.