January 13, 2019

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Traditionally celebrated on January 13th, the Octave day of the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th), the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord commemorates Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River by St. John the Baptist. This manifestation, or epiphany, of Christ marks the beginning of His public ministry. In celebration I’m posting a Prayer for the Baptism of the Lord. The accompanying photo of Gerolamo Starace-Franchis’ painting Battesimo di Cristo was taken at the Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo in Napoli.
Prayer for the Baptism of the Lord
Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen