The Baptism of the Lord Jesus is the great event celebrated by the Eastern Churches on the feast of Epiphany because it is the occasion of the first public revelation of all the Three Persons in the Holy Trinity, and the official revelation of Jesus as the Son of God to the world by God the Father. It is also an event described by all four Gospels, and it marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. The liturgical season of Christmas comes to a conclusion this Sunday with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord.
Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed
Him to be Your Son, anointing Him
with the Holy Spirit:
grant that we may be faithful to our
call as Children of God, listening to
you, guided by Your Spirit, to fulfil our
unique and definite purpose. Amen.
Prayers for Baptism of the Lord
Gracious God, in Jesus Christ,
baptized by John in the Jordan,
you came to share our life
and deliver us from sin and death.
As we are baptized with water
pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
to make us your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and ever-living God,
who when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan,
and ask the Holy Spirit descended upon him,
solemnly declared him your beloved Son,
grant that your children by adoption,
reborn of water and the Holy Spirit,
may always be well pleasing to you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Baptism of the Lord
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him,
and revealed him to us
at his baptism in the River Jordan,
grant that we, who have been born again of water and the Holy Spirit,
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.