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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

January 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art


This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a milestone in the life of Christ and our Christian story. As an adult, Jesus lost none of that child-like trust in the Father. He who was like us in all things but sin, having taken on himself the weight of human sin, humbled Himself to be baptized. He did not need to do this, but, like everything else He did and does, He did it out of love for us and for the Father.

Humility draws God: the Holy Spirit descends on Him in the form of a dove and the Father is well pleased. The Trinity manifests itself. What an extraordinary moment!

“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”*


* (From a Sermon by Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, bishop; Second Reading, Office of Readings for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Liturgy of the Hours).

Art: Pietro Perugino: Cappella Sistina (Battesimo di Cristo “Baptism of Christ”); ca 1481-83; Cat. no. 13 in Vittoria Garibaldi: Perugino. Catalogo completo. Octavo, Firenze 2000, ISBN 88-8030-091-1; PD-US; Wikimedia Commons.

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About Liz Estler

Editor, Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • Roy Sambuchino

    The Baptism of our Lord is perhaps not fully understood by many, including me. This helped me and thank you.

    • LizEst

      You’re quite welcome. I’m glad it was of assistance. The glory, of course, goes to the Lord…from whom all good things come.

      God bless you, Roy.

      • Rich

        Liz, Thanks for bringing forth the connection between prayer and art. I am very much interested in exploring this connection as a way to reach our brothers and sisters. God Bless, Rich

  • Rich

    Thank you for bringing out the beautiful connection between art and prayer. I am very much interested in exploring this as a means to bring us all together in Gods Kingdom.

    • LizEst

      You’re welcome Rich. To God be the Glory! Blessings to you on this feast day.

    • LizEst

      You’re welcome Rich. To God be the Glory! Blessings to you on this feast day.

  • MGW

    Somethings I wonder when looking at this piece: was Mary there? I was looking for her. I wonder if she witnessed His Baptism, it was certainly a big deal in the history of The Church, and our Faith. she must have been there! look at all the people waiting to be baptised! to ask for forgiveness of sins! Also, I noticed on either sides left and right, up on the hills, there are holy men with halos preaching to the crowds. are these John’s diciples? maybe they are James and John! In the beginning of Marks Gospel line 5 says…”And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.”. ALL the country of Judea! asking for forgiveness, …going out! to meet Him! a much different scene than the quiet manger scene of the past few weeks.

  • Sarah

    Thank you for your essay , it helped me to better understand this day . God bless you 🙂

    • LizEst

      Quite welcome Sarah! All the glory to the Lord. God bless you, as well.

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