Sunday before Theophany
O Christ our Master, how shall we Your servants give You worthy honor? For You have renewed us all in the waters. You, O our Saviour, were baptized in Jordan and have sanctified the waters: accepting a servant’s hand upon Your head; You heal the passions of the world. Great is the mystery of Your dispensation: O Lord who love mankind, glory to You. The true Light has appeared and bestows enlightenment on all. Christ who is above all purity is baptized with us; He brings sanctification to the water and it becomes a cleansing for our souls. That which is outward and visible is earthly, that which inwardly understood is higher than the heaven. Salvation comes through washing, and through water the Spirit: by descending into the water we ascend to God. Wonderful are Your works, O Lord: glory to You.
+St. Germanis. Katavasia for Theophany Matins.