Monday, January 13, 2014

The Baptism of The Lord

The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry. This event is recorded in the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. John's gospel does not directly describe Jesus' baptism.

Most modern scholars view the fact that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist as an historical event to which a high degree of certainty can be assigned. Along with the crucifixion of Jesus most scholars view it as one of the two historically certain facts about him, and often use it as the starting points for the study of the historical Jesus.

The baptism is one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus, the others being the Transfiguration, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. Most Christian denominations view the baptism of Jesus as an important event and a basis for the Christian rite of baptism (Acts 19:1-7).

 In Eastern Christianity, Jesus' baptism is commemorated on 6 January, the feast of Epiphany. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Lutheran Churches and some other Western denominations, it is recalled on a day within the following week, the feast of the baptism of the Lord. In Roman Catholicism, the baptism of Jesus is one of the Luminous Mysteries sometimes added to the Rosary. It is a Trinitarian feast in the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

Propers for the Baptism of Our Lord.

The Collect.

Father in Heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim him thy beloved Son and anoint him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant that they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Saviour; who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, on God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The First Lesson - Isaiah 42:1-9

The Psalter - Psalm 29

The Second Lesson - Acts 10:34-43

The Holy Gospel - St. Matthew 3:13-17


Alice Linsley said...

Love the Ainu (Japanese) image of Jesus at his Baptism. This may seem strange to your readers, but Jesus most certainly had Ainu (Anu/Hannu) ancestors. They originated in the Nile Valley and dispersed eastward to Japan and Korea. Some dispersed to the eastern seaboard of Canada where they are known today at Micmac. see this:

Kevin said...

Hi Alice and Thanks for Commenting.

This is actually a recent rendition of the Baptism of The Lord done by a Chinese artist in the traditional Chinese style.

There is a body of work that has come out in the past 20 years from China of Biblical images done in the traditional art forms of that country.