On January 19 the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Matrona of Moscow in Miami celebrated the feast of the Theophany (also known as Epiphany), which commemorates the Baptism of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. (For a full explanation of the feast please see the previous article on the Theophany celebration in Brooklyn).
A Divine Liturgy was presided over by its Rector Archimandrite Alexander Belya, Vicar of the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate of America, concelebrated with Father Ioann (Spasiuk). It was followed by the service the Great Blessing of Waters.
At the end of the service in his sermon Archimandrite Alexander explained the importance of Theophany for Christians and gave a brief history of its development. He concluded with an explanation of why the Church consecrates water and how to use it properly