Sunday, January 13, 2008

Solemnity of the Baptism of our Lord

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

John tried to prevent him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?" Jesus said to him in reply, "Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him.

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened (for him), and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove (and) coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

~ Matthew 3:13-17

Cross-shaped baptismal font, ca. 4th century, Paros, Greece
Photo by Vangelis

Baptismal font in Bartholomäuskirche, Tossens, Wesermarsch, Germany
Photo by groenling

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