TODAY IS the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

A Prayer [adapted] on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord

It is my duty and my joy,
at all times to give you thanks and praise,
for today the grace of the Holy Spirit
in the form of a dove descended upon the waters.
Today the sun that never sets has risen
and the world is filled with splendor by the light of the Lord.
Today the clouds drop down upon all people
the dew of righteousness from on high.
Today the Uncreated of his own will
accepts the laying on of hands from his own creature.
Today the waters of the Jordan
are transformed for healing by the coming of the Lord.
Today the blinding mist of the world
is dispersed by the Epiphany of our God.
Today things above keep feast with things below,
and things below commune with things above.
Therefore, heavenly Father, accept my praise,
and by the power of your life-giving Spirit
grant that all who have been born anew by water and the Spirit,
may be renewed in your image,
walk by the light of faith,
and serve you in newness of life.
Through your anointed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
I  lift my voice of praise:
blessed be God, my strength and my salvation,
now and forever.  Amen.

Adapted from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England, p. 190

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to TODAY IS the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

  1. Anne Comeaux says:

    The prayer is lovely. I especially love this icon. Thanks, again, Paul.

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