Baptism of Christ: a milestone to celebrate

Baptism of Christ: a milestone to celebrate

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  • Where does the word Baptism come from?
  • How did the baptism of Christ take place?
  • What is the symbolism behind the baptism of Christ?
  • Where did the baptism of Christ take place?
  • When does the celebration of Christ's baptism take place?

The baptism of Christ is a major event in the Bible, it is the first public manifestation of Christ, revealed to all members present at the event.

Where does the word Baptism come from?

The word Baptism comes from a Greek word meaning to dive. To be baptised refers to being immersed in the death and resurrection of Christ, as mentioned in the Bible.

How did the baptism of Christ take place?

Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, an episode in the life of Jesus Christ that is recorded in the New Testament. It is reported that during the baptism of Christ in the Jordan, John the Baptist and the people attending the baptism saw the heavens open, a dove descend to symbolise the Holy Spirit and a voice (that of God) say that Jesus is his son.

In the Gospel of Matthew 3:13-17:

It was at this time that Jesus appeared. He went from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. He said to him, "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you, and you are the one who is coming to me!

Jesus replied, "For the time being, let it be so. For this is the way we should do whatever God considers right.

John then agreed to baptize him.

Immediately after being baptised, Jesus came up out of the water. Then heaven opened up for him and he saw the Spirit of God descend in the form of a dove and come upon him. A voice from heaven said, 'This is my beloved Son, the one who gives me great joy.

What is the symbolism behind the baptism of Christ?

The baptism of Christ is a major event in the Bible, it is the first public manifestation of Christ, revealed to all members present at the event. The symbolism drawn by the church fathers is as follows: Jesus represents the sin of humanity by diving into the waters of the Jordan and delivers the whole of humanity from death.

When is the celebration of the baptism of Christ?

The celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ takes place on 13 January 2023. In the West, this celebration takes place on the Sunday following Epiphany and closes the liturgical cycle of Christmas; it is one of the great events in the life of Jesus.

Until the Second Vatican Council, the feast of the baptism of Jesus was celebrated on the same day as Epiphany: in the Eastern churches, which have kept this tradition, this celebration is still called Theophany, that is, the manifestation of God to mankind.

Where did the baptism of Christ take place?

The Jordan River is a place of special significance in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, as it is one of the boundaries of the earth, and is the place where the baptism of Christ took place.

Prayer for the celebration of the baptism of Christ


Lord Jesus, today we celebrate the baptism you received in the waters of the Jordan.

We thank you for your obedience to the Holy Spirit, who led you to this act of purification.

We thank you for your determination to follow your mission, which began at that moment.

Today we ask you to bless us also with your Holy Spirit, to guide us on our own journey of life.

We ask you to cleanse us from our sins, to give us the strength to fight evil and to help us to do your will.

We thank you for your unconditional love for us, and for the eternal life you offer us.


Amen

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