On 5 January 2024, on the eve of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the special Jrakalouyts service took place.
During the solemn Vesper Vigil, the deacons chant the Old Testament readings from Genesis, Exodus and the Prophets prior to the proclamation of the Lord’s birth and manifestation during the Divine Liturgy. The final solemn reading is the prophecy of Daniel.
After this, the altar curtain, which had been drawn in front of the altar, is opened and the Divine Liturgy begins.
The Divine Liturgy (the lighting of the lamps service) is celebrated in honour of the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God (“manifestation of God” is the literal meaning of the word “theophany”).
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the assembled faithful lit the candles and lanterns to take home. This symbolises the radiance of the spiritual light in our lives and hearts that the Saviour of the world and the Prince of Peace has given us through His humanity and His Divine direction ?