The power of the water, consecrated by the Great Rite on the feast of the Theophany of the Lord, lies in the fact that it contains Divine grace, which is “literally in our hands,” said His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
“This day reveals to us – indeed, physically – the presence of Divine grace. We believe that this grace is present in the consecrated water,” said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church on the feast of the Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ on January 19 after the Divine Liturgy at St. Alexander Nevsky Hermitage.
“We drink this water, we sprinkle it on our homes, we keep it at home, we take it and drink it again in difficult moments of life, knowing that through this water Divine grace is next to us, literally in our hands,” added the Patriarch.
According to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the realization that “God has not left the world, has not left the human race, has not left any of us”, which comes to us on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, should strengthen Christians “in faith and piety, in the desire to thank God and pray to Him, in striving to live according to the law that the Lord brought to the world…”
“It is because a person can gain the fullness of life or, in ordinary language, true happiness, only when he or she follows this law,” concluded the Patriarch.