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For the Joyous Feast of our Lordís Baptism
« on: January 09, 2021, 05:53:58 PM »
From the House Postil sermon on the same by Luther:

For we see how God in heaven pours out his grace through his Sonís baptism. Heaven which before was closed, is opened by Christís Baptism and a window and door now stand open for us to see through. No longer is there a barrier between God and us, since God himself descends at the Jordan. The Father lets his voice be heard, the Son sanctifies baptism with his body, and the Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove. Is this not a great manifestation, a truly great sign of how very precious baptism is to God, that he does not abstain from it. ...

Thus the Godhead in all its fullness, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, was manifested this day in profoundest graciousness and friendliness, each person of the Trinity clearly distinguished, so that everyone might know what and how to believe concerning God, especially what his stance toward Christ should be. ...

Who would not execrate an unthankful and joyless person who is unwilling to take to his heart the Son who here stands at the Jordan and let himself be baptized as a sinner? The one upon whom the Spirit lights in the form of a dove? And the Fatherís voice in closest proximity? No doubt, there were also countless holy angels present. For where the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reveal themselves, all the heavenly host must be present. This is the ultimate manifestation. ...

Therefore, learn to esteem this festival highly. The star given to the wisemen was a manifestation, too, but this is much more wonderful. For here the three preeminent KingsóGod the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spiritóare all present as Christ is baptized. And how wondrous that this glorious manifestation occurred at Christís baptism in the Jordan! ...

One cannot therefore say that it is powerless water in view of the fact that the entire Godhead is present. ...

Not so, for God the Father, Son, and holy Spirit are in and with that water, as at the Jordan where Christ stood in the water and the Holy Spirit hovered overhead, while God the Father preached withal. ...

Each and every sinner needs baptism, so that his sin might be washed away; whoever is in death needs baptism so that his death might be swallowed up, for baptism has God-given power to cleanse from sin and to bury death. ...

How indeed could God reveal himself more wondrously! ...

And from his great Baptismal hymn:

These truths on Jordanís banks were shown
By mighty word and wonder.
The Fatherís voice from heavín came down
Which we do well to ponder:
This man is My beloved Son,
In whom My heart has pleasure.
Him you must hear and Him alone
And trust in fullest measure,
The Word that He has spoken.*

There stood the Son of God in love
To us His grace extending;
The Holy Spirit like a dove
Upon the scene descending,
The Triune God assuring us
With promises compelling
That in our Baptism He will thus
Among us find a dwelling
To comfort and sustain us.

Blessed and joyous celebration, people loved by God! Christ indeed carries the world up from the Jordan!!!

*Note Luther conflates Baptism and Transfiguration in this stanza.
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Re: For the Joyous Feast of our Lordís Baptism
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2021, 06:01:56 PM »
The first baptism I ever performed as an ordained pastor was on the Baptism of our Lord, Jan. 7, 2000. I thought that was a wonderful tie in. We visited that church in 2012 and I got to see that little girl!

Is it Baptism of our Lord in the one year?

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Re: For the Joyous Feast of our Lordís Baptism
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2021, 06:10:12 PM »
Traditional date is on the octave of the Epiphany -- January 13th.

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Re: For the Joyous Feast of our Lordís Baptism
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2021, 06:12:22 PM »
How wonderful, Jeremy! TWO memories to treasure there.

LSB gives the first option as The Baptism, I believe, and then the second option as the Boy Jesus in the Temple. The actual historical practice was for the Sunday after Epiphany to be the Boy Jesus, with the Octave of Epiphany, January 13, being the Baptism. I think the HUGE popularity of allowing the Baptism to be celebrated on a Sunday sort of shoved the Boy Jesus off, even for many ardent one year fans (like myself).

Pax!

(Oops, seconding Jeff!)

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Re: For the Joyous Feast of our Lordís Baptism
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2021, 08:02:54 PM »
From the House Postil sermon on the same by Luther:

Thus the Godhead in all its fullness, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, was manifested this day in profoundest graciousness and friendliness, each person of the Trinity clearly distinguished, so that everyone might know what and how to believe concerning God, especially what his stance toward Christ should be. ...

Thank you, Pr. Weedon, for introducing me to the fact that Luther saw this Trinitarian revelation in the Baptism. It is (without benefit of Luther) in my homily for tomorrow. The Holy Trinity is not a puzzle nor an absurdity: we can sit in front of the icon of the Baptism in our minds, be still, and know that already on earth we can be consciously present with our Parent, the one whose life we share.

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Re: For the Joyous Feast of our Lordís Baptism
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2021, 08:04:10 PM »
The Baptism of Our Lord is the focus of the Orthodox Great Feast of the Theophany (Epiphany), which ranks second only to Pascha.

The Doxosticon at the Aposticha from tonight's Great Vespers for the Sunday after Theophany:

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Nature is illumined today.
The universe celebrates today, everyone in heaven as well as on earth.
Angels and humans are mingling;
for wherever the King is, His retinue goes there as well.
So let us all run to the Jordan River;
and we shall see John there, and witness how he baptizes the Master's head, which is spiritual and sinless.
And now, in the words of the Apostle, let us sing together and cry out:
 "The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men,"
enlightening believers and granting them the great mercy.


At tonight's Vespers we served a three year Memorial Service immediately after that hymn, and just before the Priest recited the Hymn of Simeon better know in Lutheran circles by its Latin name Nunc Dimittis.  A perfect fit...

Closure, in every sense of the word....as penned four centuries ago by Philipp Nicolai:

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ďWhat joy to know, when life is past,
The Lord we love is first and last,
The end and the beginning!
He will one day, oh, glorious grace,
Transport us to that happy place
Beyond all tears and sinning!
Amen!  Amen!
Come, Lord Jesus!
Crown of gladness!
We are yearning
For the day of Your returning!Ē

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Re: For the Joyous Feast of our Lordís Baptism
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2021, 08:12:49 PM »
Amen, Fr.

Pastor reminded me tonight that we have the joy of Baptism tomorrow at the 9:30 liturgy for Baptism of our Lord. One of our families will be bringing their little daughter, less than a week old, to the waters of rebirth; this is their 8th child. And the godparents are parents of seven young-uns. And one of the babyís grandmothers is a teacher in our school. Joys overflowing!