through the presence of the Lord
the waters of the Jordan river
are changed into remedies.
the whole universe
is refreshed with mystical streams.
the sins of mankind
are blotted out by the waters
of the Jordan river.
paradise has been opened to mankind,
and the Sun of righteousness
has shone upon us....
the Lord comes to be baptized,
so that mankind may be lifted up....
the land and the sea divide between them
the joy of the world,
and the world is filled with rejoicing.
~ from Byzantine Prayers for the Theophany