We have seen the True Light…
Though the great and holy Feast of the Theophany draws to a close, the great mystery and joy of this Feast is ever with us.
Each and every Divine Liturgy beckons us to the mystery of Theophany with the hymn “We have seen the True Light, we have received the heavenly Spirit, we have found the TRUE FAITH in worshipping the indivisible Trinity, for He hath saved us”.
Great are these words and rich in the sacred mystery of the Holy Trinity for we worship one God, a Trinity united and inseperable or indivisible.
The TRUE FAITH is revealed to man by God’s ineffibable condescension, which we recently witnessed in the Nativity according to the flesh of our Lord. God became man. At what other time, in what other philosophy
or system of belief can one claim their god became man to save man?
In the feast of the Holy Theophany we see the next great mystery in the revelation of the Holy Trinity – “When Thou wast baptised in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father
bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the Word. O Christ our God Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world glory be to Thee.”
In the sacred scripture we recall this event:
Mark 1:9-11: 9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened,
and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
In the divine services, the Church teaches us concerning the deeper significance of this historic event,
“Thou didst appear in the world, O Creator of the world, to enlighten them that sit in darkness. Wherefore, O Lover of mankind, glory to Thee.”
The term “enlighten” is more than a mere wordplay on the word “light” for truly mankind’s understanding was opened. It was in this historic event that for the first time the Holy Trinity is revealed to man in a manner that man could endure.
And thus, the great feast of Theophan is a divine epiphany – an illumination that came down from on high – for God revealed Himself to man, chasing away the darkness of ignorance. Now that God is revealed, many can
choose to accept Him or to reject Him.