By baptism, a person becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. It is one of the seven Sacred Secrets, and with its reception, one is entitled to all other Holy Secrets and rituals in the church. Baptism is not some magical transformation. It empowers a person to develop and grow up by faith and works as prescribed by the gospel. The rite of baptism in the soul of the baptized realizes the birth of grace and the inner principle of spiritual perfection and blessing.
On January 6 the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Epiphany, commemorating the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, and the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—were made manifest. Thus, the name of the Feast is Epiphany, meaning manifestation, or Theophany, meaning manifestation of God.