In my mercy, I was overcome by my compassion and came to my creature,
stretching out my hands to embrace you.
So do not be ashamed in front of me; for your sake, naked as you
are, I am stripped naked and baptized.
Already the Jordan opens for me, and John
prepares my ways in the waters and in minds.
The Savior spoke thus to humankind,
not in words but in deeds, and came, as he said
drawing near to the river on foot,
but to the Forerunner as
‘the unapproachable Light.’
Romanos the Melodist, “Kontakion on the Holy Theophany”