The Baptism of the Lord
Prayer for the Morning
The Lord is great: come, let us adore him!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
“I come,” the great Redeemer cries,
“To do thy will, O Lord.”
At Jordan’s stream, behold! He seals
The sure prophetic word.
“Thus it becomes us to fulfill
All righteousness,” he said.
Then, faithful to the Lord’s commands,
Through Jordan’s flood was led.
Hark, a glad voice! The Father speaks
From heav’n’s exalted height:
“This is my Son, my well-beloved
In whom I take delight.”
Psalm 40:7-10, 12, 17
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.” (Jn 4:34)
Jesus listened with an open ear and an open heart to the voice of his Father. Listening, he obeyed. Let us, who have been baptized in him, listen to the voice that calls us beloved children and gives us a work to do, the work of the Gospel proclaimed and lived in love for God and neighbor.
You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
Instead, here am I.
In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law
in the depth of my heart.
Your justice I have proclaimed
in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
you know it, O Lord.
O Lord, you will not withhold
your compassion from me.
Your merciful love and your truth
will always guard me.
O let there be rejoicing and gladness
for all who seek you.
Let them ever say: “The Lord is great,”
who love your saving help.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. Philippians 2:7-9
He emptied himself,/ taking the form of a slave,/ coming in human likeness;/ and found human in appearance,/ he humbled himself,/ becoming obedient to death,/ even death on a cross./ Because of this, God greatly exalted him/ and bestowed on him the name/ that is above every name.
Son though he was, he learned obedience
from what he suffered. (Heb 5:8)
Canticle of Zechariah
Here is my servant whom I uphold,/ my chosen one with whom I am pleased,/ Upon whom I have put my spirit. (Is 42:1)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
As children and servants of the living God, let us pray in faith and love:
R/Father, hear us!
You sent your Son to save the world through his obedience even unto death:
– instill in us his desire to do your will. R/
You sent your Son to lead us from death to life through the waters of salvation:
– grant us the courage to follow where he leads. R/
You sent your Son to deliver all peoples from slavery to sin and death:
– grant us the wisdom to accept the gift of freedom and to seek freedom for others. R/
God our Father and deliverer, you have redeemed your people through the waters of baptism into the Death and Resurrection of Christ. May we who have passed through the waters take up our cross and follow him from death to glory according to your will, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.