Katavasia of Theophany
Ode 1. The Lord mighty in battle /
uncovered the foundation of the deep /
and led His servants on dry ground; /
but He covered their adversaries with the waters, //
for He hath been glorified.
Ode 3. The Lord who granteth strength unto our kings, /
and exalteth the horn of His anointed, /
is born of a Virgin and cometh unto baptism. /
Therefore let us, the faithful, cry aloud: //
None is holy as our God and none is righteous save Thee, O Lord.
Ode 4. He whom Thou hast called, O Lord, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness,’ /
heard Thy voice when Thou hast thundered upon many waters, /
bearing witness to Thy Son. /
Wholly filled with the Spirit that had come, he cried aloud: //
‘Thou art Christ, the wisdom and the power of God.’
Ode 5. Jesus, the Prince of Life, hath come to set loose from condemnation Adam the first-formed man; /
and though as God He needeth no cleansing, /
for the sake of fallen man He is cleansed in the
In its streams He slew the enmity //
and bestoweth the peace that passeth all understanding.
Ode 6. The Voice of the Word, the Candlestick of the Light, the Morning Star and Forerunner of the Sun, /
cried in the wilderness to all the peoples: /
‘Repent and be cleansed while there is yet time. /
For lo, Christ is at hand, //
Who delivereth the world from corruption.
Ode 7. The breath of the wind heavy with dew /
and the descent of the angel of God preserved the Holy Children from all harm, /
as they walked in the fiery furnace. Refreshed with dew in the flames, /
they sang in thanksgiving: //
‘Blessed art Thou and praised above all, O Lord God of our fathers.’
Ode 8. The Babylonian furnace, as it poured forth dew, foreshadowed a marvelous mystery: /
and should encompass the Creator, /
when He was baptized in the flesh. //
Him do ye peoples bless and exalt above all for ever.
Ode 9. Every tongue is at a loss to praise thee as is due: /
even a spirit from the world above is filled with dizziness, when it seeketh to sing thy praises, O Theotokos. /
But since thou art good, accept our faith: /
Thou knowest well our love inspired by God, //
for thou art the Protector of Christians and we magnify thee.