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PRAYER FOR THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Open the heavens, almighty Father,
and pour out your Spirit
upon your people.

Renew the power of our
baptismal cleansing and fill us with
zeal for good deeds.

Let us hear your voice once again,
that we may recognize in your
beloved Son our hope of inheriting
eternal life.

Grant this through Jesus
Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
in the splendor of eternal light,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

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Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7

Thus says the LORD:
Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.
a bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.

I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,
I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
to open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

 

Responsorial Psalm Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30

  1. (1) O bless the Lord, my soul.
    O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
    you are clothed with majesty and glory,
    robed in light as with a cloak.
    You have spread out the heavens like a tent-cloth;
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    You have constructed your palace upon the waters.
    You make the clouds your chariot;
    you travel on the wings of the wind.
    You make the winds your messengers,
    and flaming fire your ministers.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    How manifold are your works, O LORD!
    In wisdom you have wrought them all—
    the earth is full of your creatures;
    the sea also, great and wide,
    in which are schools without number
    of living things both small and great.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    They look to you to give them food in due time.
    When you give it to them, they gather it;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.
    If you take away their breath, they perish and return to the dust.
    When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the earth.
    R. O bless the Lord, my soul.

Reading 2 Acts 10:34-38

Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
in the house of Cornelius, saying:
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the Israelites
as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,
what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.”

 

Alleluia cf. Mk 9:7

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered:
    This is my beloved Son, listen to him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Or cf. Lk 3:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    John said: One mightier than I is coming;
    he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”

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