Saturday, January 7th, 2012
On 6th of January in our Bulgarian Orthodox Church just like in the most Christian realm, we celebrate the great feast of Theophany / Epiphany (Baptizm of our Saviour Jesus Christ in Jordan).
What exactly we celebrate is the Baptizm of our Saviour Jesus Christ in Jordan by st. John the Baptist (John the Forerunner as we call him in the church). This day is very important for us as Christians and this is why the holy fathers in the church has ordered this feast to be among the 12 most important feasts in our Church, the so called (Lords feasts).
On Theophany's day it is a rule in orthodox Church that the Great Blessing of Water is performed. The Blessing of the water and the preceding holy water from the priests blessing is taken by Church layman and we bring a little of this water to our homes to bless through that our homes.
In our Church belief the Holy Water from the Theophany feast is considered the most powerful in spiritual sense holy water as this water is the same water with which our sinless Saviour and lamb (Son) of God Jesus Christ was baptized in Jordan.
The reason why we call the feast Theophany is because God in his essence of Holy Trinity appeared clearly to mankind for a first time in Human history. Our Holy Trinity (3 essence God in one indistructable and insaparatable God – one God as God said for himself in the beginning of writtings) has revealed himself in front of all the people gathered along John the Baptist in Jordan waiting to be baptized in his three essences:
1. God the Father spoke from heaven manifesting and testifying about Jesus Christ being his beloved and only son and saviour of mankdin
,br />2. God the Son (Jesus Christ), has physically appeared to receive the baptizm to fulfill all righteousness and (the old testemential prophecies) and to begin his 3 years mission on earth.
3. God Holy Spirit) has descended from heaven on Jesus Christ in a publicly observable form of a dove
Theophany's feast is called by some english speaking orthodox christians Epiphany, but this is a term less used in orthodox christendom and much more spread in Roman Catholic one.
The Gospel readings in the church tell of the Lord's baptism by John in the Jordan River. The epistle reading of the Divine Liturgy tells of the consequences of the Lord's appearing which is the divine epiphany.
After the end of the st. Basil the Great Holy Liturgy served, the Great Blessing of Water is performed by one or more priests (depending on the number of present priests). The meaning of the blessing of the waters meaning is to show that mankind and all of God's creation, were created to be blessed and filled with the sanctifying of God's presence.
A very local unique bulgarian tradition on this number is that if the great blessings of water is performed by a priest near a river or a sea shore the cross be thrown in the water in order to bless the waters.
Then a number of brave man jump in and do a race swimming aiming to pull out the crucifixion of the water. It is believed that the one who could pull out the cross will get God's great blessings through the upcoming church year.
Let us pray trust and hope on God to also appear to us who seek him, and show us his Holy Trinity wholeness mercies just like he did himself to the people waiting for Baptizm from John the Baptist by the holy prayes of the Theotokos and his holy saints and all heavinly hosts. Amen
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Monday, August 11th, 2008
I have to boast with God again I prayed to the God the Father in the name of the Son Jesus Christ to help me takesuccesfully the writen exam for the driver license courses which I’m going through right now. God didn’t failed me again.In the morning before the exam I went to the orthodox Church and prayed and lighted a candle begging God for mercy forgivenesand help on the oncoming exam. I went to the Autoschool (Avtoshkola) which is located downstairs in the building of the polyclinic.I went early there so I spend some time waiting for the driving courses instructor I talked a bit with one of the girls who wason the same exam just before me and passed afterwards with another 18 years guy who was also present for the exam.Just before the beginning of the exam I was pretty nervous just like everybody else in the room. Just before beginning the examI prayed a little prayer again to God to help me. Because I was sure that without blessing and help I won’t be able to pass.The test was a hard one and I wasn’t 100% sure for let’s say at least 10 of all the 60 questions that the exam was constituted of.So I trusted my intuition and God’s help to show me the right answers. On the whole exam I received few smses and phone callsfrom the office because one of the Apache webservers was down. My cellphone vibrated a dozen of times so I got pretty nervous because of that. I ended the exam in the first 30 minutes or so. And waited patiently for the results praying and hoping God has heard my prayer and is goingto help me pass the exam. And Hooray! HalleluYah! The questor announced I have passed the exam with 0 mistakened answers! It’s a miracle and the owe and praise goes to God! Glory To the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit! Now and Forever and Ever! Amen!I’m sure my grandma has prayed for me which is pretty nice old lady and I owe her a lot for giving me good advices and support and help and praying for me in hard times in hard times for me. Also I asked another two friends to pray for my success. Thanksfully now I feel like a big burden came from my heart. It was going to big disappoinmtent if I had failed and have given all that money for that course for nothing. Thaknsfully I didn’t now the next Monday is the driving exam. I hope and trust in God to bless me and grant me to take the exam! :)Glory be to God the Creator of Heaven and of Earth! 😀 Just after I ended the exam it happened that one of the Apaches is down so I ran home as fast as I could to login unto the server and restart the service. Just after I fixed this and replied to few mails waiting for me in my mailbox Papi called and we went out for a coffee it was just on time after the succesfully taken exam. Praise the Lord! 🙂 We went to a coffee in which I haven’t been before and later Nomen and Hellpain a.k.a. (Vlado) joined us. We had a great time talking and drinking stuff. Now I’m working a bit examining what’s happenning on the servers and blogging this message at the same time. Again I should say Blessed, Blessed, Blessed is the Lord Sabbaoth the Earth and Heavens are full of his Glory ! 😀 HalleluYah! I’ll Glorify you God for you’re rightous and mercyful and you did good deed to me ! 🙂 END—–
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