BAPTISM OF THE LORD
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit,
keep your children, born of water and the Spirit,
faithful to their calling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the
earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the
deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was
light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the
light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the
darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was
morning, the first day.
REFRAIN The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
to the Lord, you gods, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the beauty
of holiness. R
voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; the voice of the Lord is a
voice of splendour. R
voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; the Lord breaks the
cedars of Lebanon;
makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Mount Hermon like a young wild
voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord
shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the
in the temple of the Lord all are crying, "Glory!" R
Lord sits enthroned above the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as
king for evermore. The Lord shall give strength to his people; the
Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace. R
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior
regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He
said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you
became believers?" They replied, "No, we have not even
heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Then he said, "Into
what then were you baptized?" They answered, "Into
John's baptism." Paul said, "John baptized with the
baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one
who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing
this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul
had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and
they spoke in tongues and prophesied - altogether there were about
twelve of them.
HOLY GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from
the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were
going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan,
confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair,
with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild
honey. He proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is
coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong
of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit." In those days Jesus came
from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens
torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a
voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with
you I am well pleased."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of life and freedom,
we celebrate the revelation of Jesus
as the Christ who makes all creation new.
Accept all we offer you this day
and make us new in him,
who is Lord for ever and ever.
Gracious God, lover of all,
by this sacrament
you make us one family in Christ your Son,
one in the sharing of his body and blood,
one in the communion of his Spirit.
Help us to grow in love for one another
and come to the full maturity of the Body of Christ.
We ask this in his name.