On Sunday, 19th January 2020, our whole Eparchy celebrated the Feast of the Jordan. The regeneration of humanity.

In North Melbourne, Bishop Peter in his homily repeating the teaching of our catechism, stated that the feast reminds us that through baptism we are reborn into new life and that our sins are forgiven. The water of Jordan is a water of healing, of sanctification.

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The Bishop underlined that, as God gave us His only Son as a gift, so too we give ourselves to the world in whom we recognize the image of God. These not only include our immediate family and friends, but all in the world who need our love.

Our Ukrainian water blessing reminds us of the baptism of over a 1000 years ago in the River Dnipro. That event changed Ukrainian history. It identified for us and set our culture. It is one of the best examples of what the Baptism in the Jordan River means.

Again, the North Melbourne Cathedral was full as were our churches throughout the Eparchy.

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