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Holy Apostles Orthodox Church
345 Ridge Rd, Lansing, NY
Orthodox Church in America
Theophany

On the Feast of Theophany, it's traditional to bless water not only in the church, but outside, at a well or the nearest significant body of water. At Christ's baptism, it is not a matter of the waters cleansing Him, but of Him cleansing and sanctifying the waters, and by extension the whole created world. So, since we meet right up the hill from the second-largest of the Finger Lakes, we made our way down in spite of cold and wind to bless the waters and remember Christ's sanctification of all creation in this place where the beauty of that creation is so much on display.

“At the voice of the one crying in the desert, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’, you came, Lord, having taken the form of a servant, asking for Baptism, though you did not know sin. The waters saw you and were afraid. The Forerunner trembled and cried out, saying, ‘How will the lamp enlighten the Light? The servant place his hand on the Master? Saviour, who take away the sin of the world, make me and the waters holy’.”
—From the Great Blessing of Waters, trans. Fr. Ephrem (Lash)


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