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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (B)

Liturgical Color: White [Note: "On solemn occasions more precious vestments may be used, even if not the color of the day" GIRM #346]

Themes: submission, baptism, Trinity, revelation, redemption, water

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

After the Lord was baptized, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.see Mt 3:16-17 [Roman Missal]

Dilexisti iustitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: propterea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitia prae consortibus tuis.
Ps. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea regi. [Graduale Romanum, p.498]

Dilexisti iustitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: propterea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitia prae consortibus tuis.
Ps. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea regi. [Gregorian Missal, p.221]

Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum, alleluia. [Graduale simplex, p.395]
Verses of Psalm 19 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Collect:

Al-mighty ever-living God,
who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jor-dan

and as 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 pleas-ing to you.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

  — or —

O God, whose Only Begotten Son
has appeared in our very flesh,

grant, we pray, that we may be inwardly transformed
through him whom we recognize
as outwardly like our-selves.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Isaiah 55:1-11 [Every one who thirsts, come to the waters. v/1]
  • [Psalm] Isaiah 12:2-3 / 4bcd / 5-6 [R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. /v.3]
  • I John 5:1-9 [The Spirit and the water and the blood. /v.8]
  • Gospel Verse: See Jn 1:29 [John saw Jesus approaching him, and said: Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.]
    See CNP's Alleluia Noel
  • Mark 1:7-11 [Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased. /v.11]
    See CNP's Book of Sung Gospels – Fourth Edition

Offertory Antiphon:

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has given us light, alleluia, alleluia. Psalm 118:26-27 **
Verses of Psalm 25 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini: benediximus vobis de domo Domini: Deus Dominus, et illuxit nobis, alleluia, alleluia. [Graduale Romanum, p.60]

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini: benediximus vobis de domo Domini: Deus Dominus, et illuxit nobis, alleluia, alleluia. [Gregorian Missal, p.226]

Ecce dedi te in lucem gentium, ut sis salus mea usque ad extremum terrae. [Graduale simplex, p.254]
Verses of Psalm 47 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Prayer over the Offerings:

Ac-cept, O Lord, the offerings
we have brought to honor the revealing of your beloved Son,

so that the oblation of your faithful
may be transformed into the sacrifice of him

who willed in his compassion
to wash away the sins of the world.

Who lives and reigns for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Preface: The Baptism of the Lord

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For in the waters of the Jordan
you revealed with signs and wonders a new Baptism,
so that through the voice that came down from heaven
we might come to believe in your Word dwelling among us,
and by the Spirit's descending in the likeness of a dove
we might know that Christ your Servant
has been anointed with the oil of gladness
and sent to bring the good news to the poor.

And so, with the Powers of heaven,
we worship you constantly on earth,
and before your majesty
without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

Behold the One of whom John said: I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God. Jn 1:32,34 [Roman Missal]

Omnes qui in Christo baptizati estis, Christum induistis, alleluia. Gal 3:27 [Graduale Romanum, p.61]
Psalm 29:1,2,3,4,5,7-8,10,11 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Omnes qui in Christo baptizati estis, Christum induistis, alleluia. Gal 3:27 [Gregorian Missal, p.227]

Dilexisti iustitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: propterea unxit te Deus oleo laetitiae. [Graduale simplex, p.128]
Verses of Psalm 45 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Prayer after Communion:

Nour-ished with these sacred gifts,
we humbly entreat your mercy, O Lord,

that, faithfully listening to your Only Begotten Son,
we may be your children in name and in truth.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Prayer over the People [5.]:

Graciously enlighten your family, O Lord, we pray,
that by holding fast to what is pleasing to you,
they may be worthy to accomplish all that is good.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

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