Christmas & Theophany

Christmas & Theophany

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We celebrate the Birth of Christ on 7 January, and
the Baptism of Christ (‘Theophany’) on 19 January.

This page is a resource for this vital season in our church calendar.

4-5 January 2020: The Sunday before Nativity, celebrating the Sunday of the Holy Fathers – that is, the people from the Old Testament who helped, however indirectly, to make Christ’s Incarnation possible. Our regular schedule of weekend services is in effect – Saturday 6-8pm, and Sunday 8:30-10:30am.


Christmas Eve
Service texts can be downloaded through this link.

5 January 2020: Matins (6pm-7:30pm).  This preparatory service features Pre-Christmas themes on how the Incarnation of Christ was brought about.

6 January 2020: Hours and Vesperal Divine Liturgy (8:30am-11am).  These include preparatory services, reminiscent of Good Friday, with Old Testament readings which prophesy about the Birth of the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, and is concluded with the Eucharist, which He would give to us.


Christmas Day
Service texts can be downloaded through this link.

6 January 2019: Great Festal Vigil for Nativity (6pm-8:30pm).  This service focuses on the Birth of Jesus Christ, and what that means for our salvation.

7 January 2019: Christmas Day Liturgy (8:30am-10:45am).  This is our Communion service, celebrating with thanksgiving all that our newborn King has done for us.


Theophany – The Baptism of our Lord
Service texts will be able to be downloaded here.

18 January 2019: Great Festal Vigil for Theophany (6pm-8:30pm).  This service focuses on the Baptism of Jesus Christ, and what that means for our salvation.

19 January 2019: Theophany Liturgy (8:30am-10:30am).  This is our Communion service.
Then, the Great Blessing of the Waters (10:30am-11am), which commemorates the Baptism of Christ, in part through blessing water – a building block of human life.


Note: The patronal feastday of St Seraphim’s Parish will be on 14-15 January. Please see their website for more details.

In 2020, the patronal feastday of St John the Baptist Orthodox Mission, Toowoomba, will be celebrated on 25 January. Please see their website for more information.


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