Evening Prayer 10.1.16, First Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of Our Lord

I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.

Baptism of Christ, by the Workshop of Andrea del Verrochio, including Leonardo da Vinci. This day signals the importance of baptism, so central an act in our faith experience that Christ himself participated in it with the help of his cousin John. The washing is a liturgical or ritual act meant to signify a change of life. Jesus didn't need the washing; he was telling us that we do.

Workshop of Andrea del Verrochio, including Leonardo da Vinci: Baptism of Christ. This day signals the importance of baptism, so central an act in our faith experience that Christ himself participated in it at the hands of his cousin John. The washing is a ritual act meant to signify cleansing and a change of life. Jesus didn’t need the washing; he was telling us that we do.

From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and a pure offering; for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 1:11

INVITATORY AND PSALTER

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

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.

Hymn: Light of the World
Phos hilaron

Light of the world in grace and beauty,
Mirror of God’s eternal face,
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
You bring salvation to our race.
Now, as we see the lights of evening,
We raise our voice in hymns of praise;
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
Sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Psalm 111

1  Hallelujah!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2  Great are the deeds of the LORD! *
they are studied by all who delight in them.
3  Full of majesty and splendor is the work of the LORD, *
whose righteousness endures for ever.
4  Gracious and full of compassion is the LORD, *
whose marvelous works are to be remembered.
5  The LORD gives food to the God-fearing, *
ever mindful of the covenant.
6  The LORD has shown the chosen people works of power *
in giving them the lands of the nations.
7  The hands of the LORD work faithfulness and justice; *
all the commandments of the LORD are sure.
8  They stand fast for ever and ever, *
because they are done in truth and equity.
9  The LORD sent redemption to the chosen people,
commanding the covenant for ever; *
holy and awesome is the Name of the LORD.
10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; *
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
the praise of the LORD endures for ever.

Psalm 112

1  Hallelujah!
Happy are they who fear the LORD *
and have great delight in his commandments!
2  Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3  Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
and their righteousness will last for ever.
4  Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5  It is good for them to be generous in lending *
and to manage their affairs with justice.
6  For they will never be shaken; *
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7  They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
their heart is right;
they put their trust in the LORD.
8  Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9  They have given freely to the poor, *
and their righteousness stands fast for ever;
they will hold up their head with honor.
10  The wicked will see it and be angry;
they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
the desires of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 113

1  Hallelujah!
Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
praise the Name of the LORD.
2  Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.
3  From the rising of the sun to its going down *
let the Name of the LORD be praised.
4  High above all nations is the LORD, *
whose glory is above the heavens.
5  Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6  The LORD takes up the weak out of the dust *
and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7  The LORD sets them with the nobles, *
with the nobles of the chosen people.
8  The LORD makes the woman of a childless house *
to be a joyful mother of children.

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.

All Saints' Chapel at Sewanee: The University of the South, Tennessee. (Tom Welch)

All Saints’ Chapel at Sewanee: The University of the South, Tennessee. I love that they keep it filled at the entrance to the church; “holy water” exists to remind us of baptism. (Tom Welch)

THE LESSON
John 1:29-34 (NRSV)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

Canticle: The Song of Simeon
Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

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.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE PRAYERS

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep this nation under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Altarpiece at the Baptistry Chapel of St. Peter's Basilica; after Maratta. Baptism is at the center of the Catholic/Protestant divide, with millions of Protestants believing it's nice but not essential, that salvation is by faith alone - and certainly there is Biblical warrant for that position in the writings of St. Paul. But baptism is repeatedly emphasized in scripture, Christ himself was baptized by John and certainly intended, as a Jew steeped in ritual, to ordain a sacrament for his disciples to follow. The Anglican position holds both faith and baptism to be essential to salvation.

Altarpiece at the Baptistry Chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica; after Maratta. Baptism is one focus of the Catholic/Protestant divide, with millions of Protestants believing it’s nice but not essential, that salvation is by faith alone – and certainly there is Biblical warrant for that position in the writings of St. Paul. But baptism is repeatedly emphasized in Scripture; Christ’s own example suggests he intended, as a Jew steeped in ritual, to ordain a sacrament for his disciples to follow. The Anglican position holds both faith and baptism to be essential to salvation; if one has faith, one seeks baptism.

Collect of the Day: First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

A Collect for Sundays

Lord God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ triumphed over the powers of death and prepared for us our place in the new Jerusalem: Grant that we, who have this day given thanks for his resurrection, may praise you in that City of which he is the light, and where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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A Collect for Mission

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21++

VIDEO: Alleluia, song of gladness (#123, Tibi Christe, splendor Patris, plainsong, Mode 2; Latin, 11th C., tr. John Mason Neale) – St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, Washington, 2010

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