Baptism of the Lord
This is not a homily, but a short prayer for today’s feast from the Byzantine liturgy:
O Lord, when you willed to perfect what you had made from the beginning,
out of all your creation you selected servants that they might bring about your mysteries:
from among the angels, Gabriel;
from the human race, the Virgin;
from the heavens, a star;
from the waters, the Jordan River
through which you washed away the sins of the world.
O our Savior, glory to you!
– from Byzantine Vespers for the Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ