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Theophany.jpg|100px|left]]'''''[[ Theophany]]''''' (from Greek ''theophania'', meaning "appearance of God") is one of the [[ Great Feasts]] of the [[ Orthodox Church]], celebrated on [[ January 6]]. It is the feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).
This observance commemorates [[Jesus Christ|Christ]]'s [[baptism]] by [[John the Forerunner]] in the River Jordan, and the beginning of Christ's earthly ministry. The Feast of Theophany is the culmination of the Christmas Season, which starts on [[ December 25]] and ends on [[ January 6]]. In mystic commemoration of this event, the [[ Great Blessing of Water]] is performed on this day, and the [[ holy water]] so blessed is used by the local [[ priest]] to bless the homes of the faithful.
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