The Feast of the Epiphany of Christ has been celebrated in unison by faithful of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East across various countries, with the offering of the Holy Eucharist.
The Epiphany of Christ, commemorated on 6 January, 2011, was celebrated by parishes from the Archdioceses of Iraq, Iran and Russia; Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon; and India and the UAE.
Dioceses of Europe; Syria; Western USA; Western California; Eastern USA; and Canada also gathered in love and concord for the purpose of commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.
His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV Catholicos Patriarch in Chicago, along with other prelates and priests from all over the globe offered the Holy Eucharist. Services of the day also included the distribution of holy water to the faithful and, more importantly, the baptism of sons and daughters of the Church.
Sermons on the day stressed the importance of holy baptism with reference to scripture, insuring that baptism is given to all faithful, allowing them to be born again.
The theme centred around dying as Adam did for his original sin, and rising in Christ with new hope for salvation (1 Corinthians 15). However, this hope is only the beginning, the foundation, the starting point for all Christians.
Thanksgiving was raised to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His continuous love and grace poured throughout the year and for the years to come.