January 5, 2014

Liturgical Guide: Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord is the manifestation (or 'Epiphany') of Jesus as Messiah of Israel and Son of God. Beginning at paragraph #536, the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it this way: "The baptism of Jesus is on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God's suffering Servant... Already he is coming to 'fulfill all righteousness', that is, he is submitting himself entirely to his Father's will: out of love he consents to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins.... The Spirit whom Jesus possessed in fullness from his conception comes to 'rest on him'... At his baptism 'the heavens were opened' - the heavens that Adam's sin had closed - and the waters were sanctified by the descent of Jesus and the Spirit, a prelude to the new creation."

82. Sing Praise to Our Creator
83. When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized
84. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

When Jesus Comes to be Baptized

A Patre Unigenite
Implente Munus Debitum
Jesus Refulsit Omnium (Iesu Refulsit Omnium)

Commentary by Fr. James Kubicki of the Apostleship of Prayer

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