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Baptism of the Lord, Feast

January 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Seasonal

Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Praying through Art

“Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him.

“John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who is spirit and flesh comes to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water.” (From a Sermon by Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, bishop, From the second reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours).

 

Art: The Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, Károly Markó (1791-1869), PD-US, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography. www.songofsongsphotography.com

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  • Becky Ward

    I love the pictures for feast days!! This is beautiful. Thank you!

  • zelmo1954

    Second readingFrom a Sermon by Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, bishopThe baptism of Christ
    Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who is spirit and flesh comes to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water.
    The Baptist protests; Jesus insists. Then John says: I ought to be baptized by you. He is the lamp in the presence of the sun, the voice in the presence of the Word, the friend in the presence of the Bridegroom, the greatest of all born of woman in the presence of the firstborn of all creation, the one who leapt in his mother’s womb in the presence of him who was adored in the womb, the forerunner and future forerunner in the presence of him who has already come and is to come again. I ought to be baptized by you: we should also add, “and for you,” for John is to be baptized in blood, washed clean like Peter, not only by the washing of his feet.
    Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him. The heavens like Paradise with its flaming sword, closed by Adam for himself and his descendants, are rent open. The Spirit comes to him as to an equal, bearing witness to his Godhead. A voice bears witness to him from heaven, his place of origin. The Spirit descends in bodily form like the dove that so long ago announced the ending of the flood and so gives honor to the body that is one with God.
    Today let us do honor to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed. Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom his every word and every revelation exist. He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received – though not in its fullness – a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen

  • Joan

    Our priest said, yesterday, that John was not the only person baptising at that time. Others were baptising pagens, but John was baptising Jews. I had not ever heard that before. From where does this information come?  Why did Jesus want to be baptised; he didn’t need it ?

  • Jesus was baptized to sanctify all the Baptismal Fonts where each one of us would be buried in His Death to rise with Him in Glory on the Last Day

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