By H.G. Bishop Ermia
This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Bishop Ermia | Epiphany ~ Beautiful Egypt #382
The Eastern Christians celebrated yesterday the Feast of the “Epiphany,” which is the memorial of the baptism of “Jesus” by “John the Baptist” in the Jordan River: “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized by him. But John prevented him, saying: “I need to be baptized from you while you come to me!” Then Jesus said to him: “Permit it now because this is how it fits for us to complete all righteousness.” Then he was allowed.
When Jesus was baptized, he ascended for a time from the water, and when the heavens were opened to him, he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him, and a voice from the heavens said: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” From then on, the service of “Christ” began among the people.
As for the name “Epiphany,” it refers to what happens to a newborn when he is baptized by immersing him in water. And “Epiphany” is known by several names: “The Feast of Lights,” “The Feast of the Divine Epiphany” (Theophania), “The Feast of the Baptism,” “The Feast of the Intimate,” and “The Feast of Parenting,” according to the name in the Syriac Church .. and “The Baptism.”A Syriac word meaning: to appear, to announce, to light, to reveal.
The “Epiphany” is considered one of the important Christian holidays. The Church Fathers, including Saint John Chrysostom, the Patriarch of Antioch, mentioned: “(The Feast of the Divine Epiphany) is one of our primary feasts.” He also said: “The people did not know Jesus before baptism. As for baptism, he appeared to all . “Until the third century AD, Christians used to celebrate the two feasts of “Christmas” and “the Epiphany” together, but later the two feasts were separated, and each holiday was celebrated separately on its date.
Among the most famous “Epiphany” foods are “Taro,”; Which bears a number of references to “baptism,” including that it is a plant that is buried completely in the ground to grow a plant that can be eaten, a reference to baptism in which a person dips underwater until it is completely submerged (as if he is buried) and then rises from it, as happened to Christ when he was baptized in “the river of Jordon.”
Also, reds and oranges are among the “Epiphany” foods: they are famous for their abundance of liquids, which refer to water, and their sweetness as a symbol of the joys of baptism. Lanterns were made of orange peel, in which candles were placed for lighting, as our ancestors used to celebrate the “Epiphany” mass on a waterway.
Among the customs inherited in some countries of the East is that on the eve of the “Epiphany,” women are interested in preparing various Eid sweets, such as “dumplings” and “al-Qatif,” which are considered a symbol of the diver. The dough is dipped in oil and then a new topping.
Christians do not sleep on the night of the “Epiphany” until the passage of the “Dayem,” meaning “Christ” at midnight. Bless homes and people. On the following day, people bring water in bottles and jugs during the Eid Mass to be sanctified by prayer; And they shall bless him and sprinkle with him the houses, the Christmas tree, his caves, and the fields; For God’s blessing.
Historians state that the celebration of “Christmas” and “The Epiphany” was an intense Egyptian manifestation; As the Egyptians used to celebrate them by taking a walk on the “Nile River,” and thus the joy of the Eid included all Egyptians, their Muslims, and Christians, in a communion filled with love…
However, those celebrations stopped during the rule of the Ottoman Empire over “Egypt.” Al-Maqrizi mentions the Epiphany: “The Christians began to divide their children into the water on this day, and go all out in it, and that was only in the severity of the cold, and they called it (the Day of Epiphany), and he had (Egypt) a very great season.” As the historian, “Al- Masoudi” states: “And the night (The Ghattas) in (Egypt) is a great affair for its people, people do not sleep there, and it is an eleven night that passes [from Tuba and six of] January.”
Then he described the celebrations he watched with the Emir of Egypt Muhammed bin Tughu al-Ikhshid: “One hundred thousand people [from] Muslims and Christians attended the Nile that night, among them in boats, and some in the near roundabout of the Nile, and some on the beaches, they did not deny the presence, and they brought everything they could show, including food, drinks, clothes, gold and silver machines, jewels and amusements.
Playing and bombarding (playing with sleeves); It is the best night in (Egypt), the most comprehensive of it with pleasure, and the paths are not closed, and most of them dive in (the Nile), and they claim that this is safe from disease and a cure for the disease.
Stories in beautiful Egypt never end!
H.G. Anba Ermia General Bishop Head of the Coptic Orthodox Cultural Center
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