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Epiphany in Ukraine

Epiphany Epiphany is celebrated on 19th of January - this is one of the most important Christian holidays. On this day John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. Jesus Christ came to him from Galilee. When John saw him, he recognized Messiah and at first wanted to keep Jesus, saying: "I need to be baptized by you, and comest thou to me?” But Jesus answered him now: “for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water - and the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. (Matthew 3:13-16)

Feast of Epiphany, also known as Theophania, along with Easter, is the oldest Christian holiday. It is devoted to the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. According to Christian doctrine, Jesus began to educate people after the baptism, illuminating them with light of truth. In addition, the Baptism of Christ taught mankind of His divine grace, received in this sacrament of cleansing the water of life, which leads to eternal life. Therefore, the adoption of the sacrament of baptism is a prerequisite for membership of believers to the Church.

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