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Theophany: The Great Blessing of the Waters

Theophany: The Great Blessing of the Waters

Fr Daniel Buda blessing the office of the Ecumenical Water Network with the holy water

06 January 2014

 

According to the  Orthodox tradition, today, on the occasion of  the Great Feast of Theophany, congregation members as well as their houses are blessed with holy water. The ceremony known as the the Great Blessing of Waters is observed  every year on the day that Western traditions of Christianity refer to as Epiphany, 6 January.

The feast of Theophany celebrates the revelation of the Holy Trinity to the world through the baptism of Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River by John the Baptist. This rite also underlines the spiritual significance of water in Christian tradition.

A service of the Great Blessing of the Waters was conducted at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva by Father Dr Daniel Buda, priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church and World Council of Churches (WCC) programme executive for the Coordination of Church and Ecumenical Relations. Later, he blessed the offices of the WCC, including the office of the Ecumenical Water Network.