- Sunday, 13 January 2019 -
Baptism of the Lord - Feast
Readings of day

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 3:15-16.21-22.

The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying, "I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.
After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened
and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."
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Saint Chromatius of Aquilaea
From Christ's baptism to our own

What great mystery lies in this heavenly baptism! The Father's voice is heard from heaven, the Son is seen on earth, the Holy Spirit appears in the likeness of a dove. There is no true baptism or forgiveness of sins apart from the true Trinity… The baptism of the Church is the one true baptism and is given only once. Those who receive it but once are made pure and new; pure because it washes away the stain of their sins, and new because when their old sinful selves have been laid aside they rise again to new life… The heavens were opened when the Lord was baptized to show that the kingdom of heaven is opened to believers through the bath of rebirth, according to the saying of the Lord: "Without being born again of water and the Holy Spirit no one can enter the kingdom of heaven" (Jn 3:5). Those who are reborn and who preserve the grace of their baptism enter… And so, because our Lord came to give a new baptism through which the human race might be saved and all sins forgiven, he condescended to be baptized first himself. He did this not to have his own sins taken away, since he had committed none, but to sanctify the waters of baptism and so give them power to obliterate the sins of all believers reborn in them.

Sermons on the Epiphany, 34 ; CCL 9A, 156-157 (trad.© Friends of Henry Ashworth, Christ our Light, vol. 1, p. 87 - 88)