Responding to the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

John proclaims the Lamb of God. Let us pause and ponder the living and loving Lord.

Draw near and take the body of the Lord
And drink the holy blood for you outpoured:
Saved by that body hallowed by that blood,
Whereby refreshed, we render thanks to God.

Salvation’s give, Christ the only Son
By his dear cross and blood the vict’ry won.
Offered was he for greatest and for least,
Himself the victim and himself the priest.

With heav’nly bread makes those who hunger whole,
Gives living waters the thirsty soul.
The judge eternal, unto whom shall bow
All nations at the last, is with us now.

  • Acknowledgements: Latin hymn, 7th Century
  • Photograph: (c) 2013, Allen Morris. Mosaic, Sion Abbey, Jerusalem.

Preparing for the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

In its exile in Babylon Israel experienced desolation and believed itself abandoned by the Lord. They were promised freedom, liberation and newness.

But God did not only promise these good things to Israel. They were to be offered, through Israel, to the whole world.

The Church associates Jesus with this service, and with the servant identified in the passage from Isaiah we hear at Mass this Sunday.

That same hidden mystery of salvation entrusted to Israel and fulfilled in Jesus is entrusted to the Church also, and to be fulfilled in and by all her members.

  • How might people see the light of salvation in you?
  • What might obscure that light?

Isaiah 49:3,5-6

(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)

48.1 Hear this, O house of Jacob,
who are called by the name of Israel,
and who came from the waters of Judah,
who swear by the name of the LORD
and confess the God of Israel,
but not in truth or right.
2  For they call themselves after the holy city,
and stay themselves on the God of Israel;
the LORD of hosts is his name.

3  “The former things I declared of old;
they went out from my mouth, and I announced them;
then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.
4  Because I know that you are obstinate,
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead brass,
5  I declared them to you from of old,
before they came to pass I announced them to you,
lest you should say, ‘My idol did them,
my carved image and my metal image commanded them.’

6  “You have heard; now see all this;
and will you not declare it?
From this time forth I announce to you new things,
hidden things that you have not known.
7  They are created now, not long ago;
before today you have never heard of them,
lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
8  You have never heard, you have never known,
from of old your ear has not been opened.
For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously,
and that from before birth you were called a rebel.

9  “For my name’s sake I defer my anger;
for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you,
that I may not cut you off.
10  Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
11  For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another.


The Lord’s Call to Israel
12  “Listen to me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I called!
I am he; I am the first,
and I am the last.
13  My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I call to them,
they stand forth together.

14  “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The LORD loves him;
he shall perform his purpose on Babylon,
and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
15  I, even I, have spoken and called him;
I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
16  Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.”
And now the Lord GOD has sent me, and his Spirit.

17  Thus says the LORD,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the LORD your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18  Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
19  your offspring would have been like the sand,
and your descendants like its grains;
their name would never be cut off
or destroyed from before me.”

20  Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea,
declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it,
send it out to the end of the earth;
say, “The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
21  They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts;
he made water flow for them from the rock;
he split the rock and the water gushed out.

22  “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.”


The Servant of the Lord
49.1 Listen to me, O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The LORD called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
2  He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.

3  And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4  But I said, “I have laboured in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the LORD,
and my recompense with my God.”

5  And now the LORD says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for I am honoured in the eyes of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength—
6  he says:
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
I will make you as a light for the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

7  Thus says the LORD,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
“Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

The Restoration of Israel
8  Thus says the LORD:
“In a time of favour I have answered you;
in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I will keep you and give you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages,
9  saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
They shall feed along the ways;
on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
10  they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
11  And I will make all my mountains a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
12  Behold, these shall come from afar,
and behold, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.”

13  Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the LORD has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.

14  But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
15  “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16  Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
17  Your builders make haste;
your destroyers and those who laid you waste go out from you.
18  Lift up your eyes around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, declares the LORD,
you shall put them all on as an ornament;
you shall bind them on as a bride does.

19  “Surely your waste and your desolate places
and your devastated land—
surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20  The children of your bereavement
will yet say in your ears:
‘The place is too narrow for me;
make room for me to dwell in.’
21  Then you will say in your heart:
‘Who has borne me these?
I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away,
but who has brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone;
from where have these come?’”

22  Thus says the Lord GOD:
“Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their arms,
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23  Kings shall be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
and lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the LORD;
those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”24  Can the prey be taken from the mighty,
or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?
25  For thus says the LORD:
“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken,
and the prey of the tyrant be rescued,
for I will contend with those who contend with you,
and I will save your children.
26  I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh,
and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine.
Then all flesh shall know
that I am the LORD your Saviour,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Acknowledgements

  • Translation of Scriptures: English Standard Version (c) 2001-9, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
  • Photo (c) 2017, Allen Morris. Plaque, Bethlehem.

Preparing for the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The editing of this Sunday’s psalm for its placing in the Lectionary mutes the complexity of the text.

The voice we hear at Mass sings of trust in the Lord and availability for his purpose. We are encouraged to hear the voice of Christ in the psalm.

However read on, our psalmist is aware of his iniquities and failings: this is not Christ!

But the love and compassion of God is not only for the righteous. It is for others too who have need of the Lord – and saved by him, even in our frailty we can be his effective servants, bearing witness to the Good News.

Psalm 39(40):2,4,7-10

(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)

Psalm 40 (39)
 
1           For the Choirmaster. Of David. A Psalm.

2           I waited, I waited for the Lord,
            and he stooped down to me;
            he heard my cry.

 3           He drew me from the deadly pit,
            from the miry clay.
            He set my feet upon a rock,
            made my footsteps firm.
 
4           He put a new song into my mouth,
            praise of our God.
            Many shall see and fear
            and shall trust in the Lord.

5           Blessed the man who has placed
            his trust in the Lord,
            and has not gone over to the proud
            who follow false gods.
 
6           How many, O Lord my God,
            are the wonders and designs
            that you have worked for us;
            you have no equal.
            Should I wish to proclaim or speak of them,
            they would be more than I can tell!

7           You delight not in sacrifice and offerings,
            but in an open ear.
            You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
 
8
          Then I said, “See, I have come.”
            In the scroll of the book it stands written of me:
9           “I delight to do your will, O my God;
            your instruction lies deep within me.”
 
10          Your justice I have proclaimed
            in the great assembly.
            My lips I have not sealed;
            you know it, O Lord.

 
11          Your saving help I have not hidden in my heart;
            of your faithfulness and salvation I have spoken.
            I made no secret of your merciful love
            and your faithfulness to the great assembly.
 
12          O Lord, you will not withhold
            your compassion from me.
            Your merciful love and your faithfulness  
            will always guard me.
 
13          For I am beset with evils
            too many to be counted.
            My iniquities have overtaken me,
            till I can see no more.
            They are more than the hairs of my head,
            and my heart is sinking.
 
14          Be pleased, O Lord, to rescue me;
            Lord, make haste to help me.
15          O let there be shame and confusion
            on those who seek my life.
 
            O let them turn back in confusion
            who delight in my harm.
16          Let them be appalled because of their shame,
            those who jeer and mock me.
 
17          O let there be rejoicing and gladness
            for all who seek you.
            Let them ever say, “The Lord is great,”
            who long for your salvation.
 
18          Wretched and poor though I am,
            the Lord is mindful of me.
            You are my rescuer, my help;
            O my God, do not delay.
 

Acknowledgements

  • Translation of Psalms: From The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter. (c) 2010.
  • Commentary: (c) 2019, Allen Morris
  • Photo (c) 2018, Allen Morris. Detail of Untitled (For Francis). Anthony Gormley (Collection of the Tate, London.)

Preparing for the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we begin the cycle of Sundays of Ordinary Time (ie the numbered Sundays of the Year) we begin to hear again the semi-continuous readings from the New Testament which are characteristic of the Roman Lectionary. In fact we have to wait until next week to hear the first of the readings from Matthew’s Gospel (the Gospel of the Year, Year A), but we do begin to read the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians. – a reading which will continue until the Sunday before the 1st Sunday of Lent.

The second reading at Mass over the next three weeks should be from the 1st Chapter of the letter. In fact the last of the excerpts will go unread as the readings of the Sunday are replaced by the readings for the Presentation of the Lord – but all those readings are give below, in the full text of that 1st Chapter.

This week’s reading may seem to say very little – but in fact it says a great deal – of Paul’s calling; of the calling of the local Church; and of the blessing for us that God is, made known especially as Jesus our Lord.

  • How would you describe yourself, and your vocation?
  • And your local Christian community and its calling?
  • And what is your prayer for them?

1 Corinthians 1:1-3

(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)

Greeting
1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving
4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Divisions in the Church
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarrelling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Acknowledgements

  • Translation of Scriptures: English Standard Version (c) 2001-9, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
  • Photo (c) 2006, Allen Morris. Site of ancient Corinth, Greece.

Preparing for the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Baptism of Jesus, and heard the account provided in Matthew’s Gospel.

This Sunday coming, we hear of the encounter between John and Jesus in John’s Gospel. Notably John does not actually describe the baptism taking place, only the Baptist’s account of what happened afterwards – and especially his recognition of Jesus identity as the Chosen One of God, the Son of God.

Jesus comes to transform lives – to be the light and to be received as the light…

  • Where does Jesus bring change to your life?
  • How is his light and life witnessed to in your community, and by whom?

John 1:29-34

(NB the text set for Sunday is given below in bold and in ‘quote sections’ below; the rest is the immediate biblical text from which the Lectionary text is extracted)

The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Behold, the Lamb of God
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Acknowledgements

  • Translation of Scriptures: English Standard Version (c) 2001-9, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
  • Photo (c) 2017, Allen Morris. Baptistery, St Severin, Paris.

Responding to the Mass of the Baptism of the Lord

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The Baptism of Jesus marks the end of Jesus’ ‘hidden life’ and the beginning of his public ministry and mission.

That mission is now entrusted to the Church and shared in by all her members.

The mission is expressed in all sorts of ways – at home and overseas.

  • Why does God seek to call humankind to himself and all peoples to unity with each other?
  • How do you see you yourself participating in this mission?

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Missio is the Pope’s charity for world mission

Missio ignites God’s love by helping local missionaries to work alongside global communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief.

Sometimes this need might be very specific: a motorbike for a Priest to celebrate Mass in remote villages; a simple community hall so people can gather together; vaccinations to protect vulnerable children. Whatever our missionaries need to help them share the joy of the Gospel, Missio strives to provide it.

Together we are enriching today’s global Catholic community.

Together we are training tomorrow’s generation of Priests and Sisters.

Together we are giving hope to the world’s poorest children.

Together we are Missio.

Acknowledgements

  • Commentary: (c) 2019, Allen Morris
  • Photo (c) 2017, Allen Morris. Wheat, New Hall Mill, Sutton Coldfield.

Responding to the Mass of the Baptism of the Lord

At this time when we remember and draw encouragement and hope from the Baptism of the Lord it is natural to call to mind, and give thanks for, our own baptism too.

Saint Pope John XXIII wrote how he considered the most significant day of his life to have been the day he was baptised – more significant than the day of his ordination, or the day he was installed as Pope.

It is that day that for all of us brought us from the world and way of life that is ‘just’ natural to a world and way of life that is explicitly lived in communion with God in Jesus Christ.

Many of us were infants on the day of our baptism and may have no memory of it, still less any sense of choosing baptism. And the baptised life can be simply something we take for granted.

The prayer of Blessing of Baptismal Water used at the Easter Vigil reminds of its awesome quality and the wonder that we are invited to participate in, and that in a unique way Baptism makes possible..

O God, who by invisible power
accomplish a wondrous effect
through sacramental signs,
and who in many ways have prepared water, your creation,
to show forth the grace of Baptism;

O God, whose Spirit
in the first moments of the world’s creation
hovered over the waters,
so that the very substance of water
would even then take to itself the power to sanctify;
O God, who by the outpouring of the flood
foreshadowed regeneration,
so that from the mystery of one and the same element of water
would come an end to vice and a beginning of virtue;

O God, who caused the children of Abraham
to pass dry-shod through the Red Sea,
so that the chosen people,
set free from slavery to Pharaoh,
would prefigure the people of the baptised;

O God, whose Son,
baptised by John in the waters of the Jordan,
was anointed with the Holy Spirit,
and, as he hung upon the Cross,
gave forth water from his side along with blood,
and after his Resurrection, commanded his disciples:
‘Go forth, teach all nations, baptising them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’
look now, we pray, upon the face of your Church
and graciously unseal for her the fountain of Baptism.

May this water receive by the Holy Spirit
the grace of your Only Begotten Son,
so that human nature, created in your image,
and washed clean through the sacrament of Baptism
from all the squalor of the life of old,
may be found worthy to rise to the life of newborn children
through water and the Holy Spirit.

May the power of the Holy Spirit, O Lord, we pray,
come down through your Son
into the fullness of this font,
so that all who have been buried with Christ
by Baptism into death
may rise again to life with him.
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Prayer for Blessing of Baptismal Water (at the Easter Vigil)

  • What is the anniversary date of your baptism?
  • How do you – or how might you – mark it?

Acknowledgements

  • Prayer: The Roman Missal, (c) 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation.
  • Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
  • Photo (c) 2016, Allen Morris. Detail of Blessing of baptismal water, Baptism Window in Shrewsbury Cathedral.