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Theophany

(Kontakion for the Feast)

Today Thou hast appeared to the universe,
And Thy light, O Lord, has shone on us,
Who with understanding praise Thee:
Thou hast come and revealed Thyself,
O Light Unapproachable!

(St. Ephraim the Syrian Hymns for the Feast of Epiphany)

The whole creation became for Him as one mouth and cried out concerning Him.
The Magi cry out in their gifts;
The barren cry out with their children
The star of light, lo! It cries out in the air, Behold the Son of the King!

The heavens are opened, the waters break forth, the dove is in glory!
The voice of the Father is stronger than thunder
As it utters the word, This is My Beloved;
The Watchers brought the tidings, the children acclaimed Him in their Hosannas.


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