BAPTISM OF THE LORD – ABC

Preparation

A Baptismal font – like the one in Malate – with bubbling water is central to today’s Celebration. Near hand is a table upon which suitable water containers are placed. A leafy branch may replace the Aspergillum. The Presider will be assisted by EMHCs and Sanctuary Assistants.(Altar Servers).

Solemn Procession

The Procession of the Ministers takes place in the usual way while the Assembly sings a suitable hymn e.g. ‘ON JORDAN BANK…..’   or ‘WHEN JESUS COMES TO BE BAPTIZED.’

CM    Welcome to Malate Church!

Today, as we celebrate the occasion when Jesus was baptized by John,   we sing the Hymn: ON JORDAN BANK…’

Sign of the Cross

Greeting

Praised be the Lord Jesus, the beloved Son of God!
And may the Spirit,
who descended upon him at his baptism,
be with you all.

The Presider may wish to introduce the Liturgy linking the characters / themes of recent celebrations.

Birth of Jesus;     Shepherds;         Magi / Wise men;

30 years later, the Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry ( Beginning of Mark’s gospel)

 Penitential Rite is omitted because of the Rites that will be held after the Homily.

GLORIA

 Opening Prayer       [Texts for Years A, B & C on the following page]

Year ABC

Father of everlasting glory,
as we celebrate today
the mystery of Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan,
renew in us our own baptism.

Pattern our lives on the One anointed by the Spirit,
the One you have specially chosen,
the Beloved with whom you are well pleased.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Year A

God of the covenant,
you anointed your beloved Son
with the power of the Holy Spirit,
to be the light for the nations
and the release for captives.

Grant that we who are born again of water and the Spirit
may proclaim with our lips the good news of his peace
and show forth in our lives the victory of his justice.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Year B

Lord our God,
to the waters you call all those who thirst,
to the feast of your covenant you invite all the nations.

As once at the Jordan your Spirit tore open the heavens,
and your voice proclaimed Jesus your well-beloved Son,
so now call us by name, your beloved sons and daughters;
may our love for one another
be the power that changes the world.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Year C

Good and gracious God,
in the river Jordan you bathed your Son Jesus in glory
and revealed him as your faithful servant.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon your people
who have been baptized in water.

Help us bear witness to Jesus,
that we who are reborn in his likeness
may share with others his love for justice and peace.

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

The READINGS

For convenience, Years A, B and C the Readings are taken from the Ordo.

1st Reading:           Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7

Psalm:                 Psalm 28: 1-10

2nd Reading:          Acts of Apostles: 10:34-38

Gospel:

Year A: Matt 3:13-17

Year B:   Mark 1: 7-11

Year C: Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22

Year ABC

After the Homily the Commentator requests the Assembly to STAND.

The Presider stands at his CHAIR and says:

P         We now celebrate the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, for today at his BAPTISM the Spirit has proclaimed him as Messiah:

as the PRIEST who would sacrifice his life for others,
as the PROPHET who would reveal God’s presence in word and in action,
as the KING who would proclaim his kingdom from a cross.

We too, in our Baptism, have been anointed by the Spirit and have received a similar mission.

If you are willing to commit yourself to our common task of building God’s kingdom in the year 20__

I ask you to respond: YES, I DO BELIEVE!
to each of the following questions.

T H E     P R O M I S E S

P:
God, our Creator and FATHER,
has formed us from the earth
and breathed life into us;
has called us to new life
in the water of Baptism
and the fire of the Spirit.   [pause]

Do you believe in God, our Creator and Father?

Ay:      YES, I DO BELIEVE!

P:
JESUS was born in human flesh of the Virgin Mary,
and at the Jordan
was anointed by the Holy Spirit as Messiah.
By his life, death and rising
he has shown us how to live and how to die;
he will come again in lasting glory.   [pause]

Do you believe in this JESUS?

Ay       YES, I DO BELIEVE!

P:
The HOLY SPIRIT has anointed us in Baptism
as God’s holy people,
who are sent to proclaim the kingdom
of justice and love,
of freedom and peace,
of care for all of God’s creation,
today and until the end of time.     [pause]

Do you believe in this HOLY SPIRIT?

Ay       YES, I DO BELIEVE!

P:
We are God’s Church,
living Christ’s life in our world today,
one with the saints of ages past and yet to come,
and heirs to the promise of eternal life
with God and with all the faithful forever. [pause]

Do you believe that we are this CHURCH?

Ay       YES, I DO BELIEVE!

BLESSING OF THE WATER

Presider and Ministers (SAs with Mic and Clear Book) proceed to the Baptistery where the Blessing will take place. The EMHCs and SAs follow, and take their places at the Sides of the Baptistery.

 The Presider extends his hand over the Water Font and proclaims the Blessing.

The Choir softly hums a hymn e.g. ‘Come Holy Spirit…’ as background to the prayer.

 P
Lord and Father,
in every age you have made water a sign of your presence.
In the beginning, your Spirit brooded over the waters,
and so they became the source of all life.
Your chosen people passed through the waters to freedom.
By water, made holy by Christ in the Jordan,
we are baptized into him who transformed death to life.

Bless + this water.
Let your Spirit descend once again
on all of us gathered here today.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Baptism of the Lord – 5

SPRINKLING

P:
God has given us new birth by water and the Spirit.
May this water remind us of our Baptism.

CM      Please make the ‘Sign of the Cross’ while you are being sprinkled with water.

Presider and Sanctuary Assistant move down the center and sprinkle the people.

EMHCs and Sanctuary Assistants go to their designated areas. The Choir, who have been humming in the background, now gradually raise the volume and sing the words of ‘COME, HOLY SPIRIT..’

Come, Holy Spirit, we need you;
Come Holy Spirit, we pray;
Come with your strength and your power;
Come in your own special way.

Come, like a spring in the desert;
In waters of life we will bathe;
Come, with your life-giving finger;
Touch us and we will be saved.

‘When Jesus comes to be baptized’ or ‘New Life’ may be sung as required.

The CREDO is omitted since it has already been included in the earlier Rite.

The GENERAL INTERCESSIONS (because of the length of earlier Ceremonies) may also be omitted. However, should the Presider wish to include one, please turn to the next page]

The Collection and the Presentation of the Gifts begin immediately.

Baptism of the Lord   – 6

 OPTIONAL

 GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       St. Luke tells us that it was while Jesus was praying that the Holy Spirit descended upon him, and God spoke to him. So we now pray:

CM      Lord, listen to your people.

Please repeat:

  1. Gathered together in prayer, may we realize our dignity as a community of disciples who have been baptized in water and the Spirit. We pray:
  2. May all who are baptized into Christ Jesus become truly like him – forgiving, self-sacrificing and living by the law of love. We pray:
  3. For our departed brothers and sisters who have gone before us marked with the sign of baptism. May they enjoy eternal happiness. We pray:

[The Presider may wish to add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P       Father, may we always listen to the voice of Jesus, your beloved Son, who was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. We ask this through the power of his name.   AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Heavenly Father,
we celebrate the revelation of Christ, your beloved Son,
the one who came up from the waters of the Jordan,
the one endowed with the Spirit of God,
the one on whom your favor rests.

Accept our gifts
and let them become one with his sacrifice,
for he is Lord for ever and ever.

This Feast has its own PREFACE.                                                      Overleaf     >   > >

Baptism of the Lord   – 7

Intro to the Our Father

We have been baptized in the one SPIRIT
so we can pray to the FATHER
in the words of Jesus – the beloved:

Deliver Us   [based on the Letter to Titus – Year C]

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us your peace.
Revive in us the grace we received in our baptism
and guide us by your Holy Spirit.
May we always be open to hear your voice
as we wait for the blessed hope
and the manifestation of the glory
of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power,
you said to your apostles:

“I leave you peace, my peace I give you.”

Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

John the Baptizer pointed the way to Christ.
Let us acknowledge Christ in each other as we offer a sign of peace.

Optional Prayer to accompany the Rite of the Breaking of Bread

When we break this BREAD
and share this WINE
we declare that we, the baptized,
honor all people as our brothers and sisters.
We are all members of God’s family.

LAMB OF GOD….

Baptism of the Lord   – 8

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus,
the beloved Son of the Father,
the one on whom God’s favor rests.
God’s favor also rests on us.
Blessed are we who are called to th Supper of the Lamb.

Lord I am….

Prayer after Communion

God of splendor and glory,
you have opened heaven to us
to strengthen us with the BREAD OF LIFE
and to fill us with the Holy Spirit.
Grant that we may live as your chosen children
together with your beloved Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May the Spirit of the living God descend upon you.   AMEN.

May the favor of the Lord rest upon you.   AMEN.

And may you be regarded by God as beloved now and forever.   AMEN.

And may the blessings of our Loving God,

+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

come down upon you and remain with you always.   AMEN.

Dismissal

A
Our celebration is ended.
Let us go and live as baptized Christians.

B
Enlightened by Christ and anointed by the Spirit,
go now in peace to love and serve the Lord.

                                       Summary of Guidelines are found overleaf – Pg 6

Baptism of Lord – 9

Baptism of the Lord   – ABC

Summary of the Guidelines contained in the Text (pages 1 – 5)

Preparation

A Baptismal font – like the one in Malate – with bubbling water is central to today’s Celebration.   Near hand is a table upon which suitable water containers are placed. A leafy branch may replace the Aspergillum.        The Presider will be assisted by (Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion) EMHCs and Sanctuary Assistants (Altar Servers)

Solemn Procession

The Procession of the Ministers takes place in the usual way while the Assembly sings a suitable hymn e.g.   ‘ON JORDAN BANK…..’   or       ‘WHEN JESUS COMES TO BE BAPTIZED.’

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

After the Homily, the Presider goes to the Chair and invites the Assembly to renew their Baptismal Promises.

Blessing of the Water

After the Assembly has renewed their Promises, the Presider, accompanied by two SAs – carrying the Mic and Clear Book- proceeds to the Baptistery. The EMHCs and SA’s follow and take their places at the sides of Baptistery.

Sprinkling with Water

After the Blessing of the Font, the Presider – accompanied by a SA, carrying a basin and leafy Aspergillum – proceeds to the Nave of the Church. EMHCs and Sanctuary Assistants go to their designated areas.

 When completed, the Presider goes directly to the Chair in the Sanctuary.          There is no CREDO and he may omit the General Intercessions.

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