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 ISAIAH
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul
delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth
justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or
make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and
a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring
forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has
established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his
teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and
stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from
it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who
walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I
have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a
covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes
that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from
the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my
name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See,
the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth, I tell you of them.
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.
Lord shall give strength to his people; the Lord shall give his
people the blessing of peace. R
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
Peter began to speak to the Gentiles: "I truly understand
that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears
him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the
message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus
Christ - he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with
power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were
oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to
all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to
death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third
day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who
were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him
after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the
people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge
of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him
that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins
through his name."
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized
John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized
by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him,
"Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to
fulfil all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus
had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the
heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending
like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said,
"This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well
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.