Monasteries of the Heart

"Why do you stop the flow of your waters, O Jordan?"

"Why do you stop the flow of your waters, O Jordan?"

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Icon of Theotokos and Christ Hodegetria by hand of Monah Ilie Ianu

Our collect to pray is a brief video of bells ringing provided by St. Elias Church of Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Let us pray.
R: Lord, have mercy.

Why do you stop the flow of your waters, O Jordan?
Why do you make your streams flow back?
Why do you not follow your natural course?
“I cannot bear the fire which consumes me,” it said.
“I am amazed and shudder at the extreme condescension.
I have not learned to wash the pure or cleanse the sinless.
I have learned only to wash the filthy garment.
Now Christ, Who is baptized in me,
teaches me to burn the thorns of sin.
And John, the voice of the Word, bears witness with me.
He cries out: ‘Behold the Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sin of the world.’”
Let us the faithful cry to Him:
“O God, Who shone forth for our salvation, glory to You!”

--6th "Royal Hour" prior to Vespers of the Theophany [Epiphany]
Attributed to St. Romanos the Melodist