Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Monday- January 09th, 2017
Baptism of the Lord (or the Baptism of Christ) is the feast day
commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the
Baptist. Originally the Baptism of Christ was celebrated on
Epiphany, which commemorates the coming of the Magi, the baptism of
Christ, and the wedding at Cana. Over time in the West, however, the
celebration of the Baptism of the Lord came to be commemorated as a
distinct feast from Epiphany.
The Baptism of the Lord is observed as a distinct Feast in the Roman
rite, although it was originally one of three Gospel events marked
by the feast of the Epiphany. Long after the visit of the Magi had
in the West overshadowed the other elements commemorated in the
Epiphany, Pope Pius XII instituted in 1955 a separate liturgical
commemoration of the Baptism.
In fact, the Tridentine Calendar has no Feast of the Baptism of the
Lord. It was almost four centuries later that the feast was
instituted, under the denomination "Commemoration of the Baptism of
our Lord", for celebration on 13th January as a major double, using
for the Office and the Mass those previously said on the Octave of
the Epiphany, which Pius XII abolished; but if the Commemoration of
the Baptism of Our Lord occurred on Sunday, the Office and Mass were
to be those of the Feast of the Holy Family without any
In his revision of the calendar five years later, Pope John XXIII
kept on 13th January the "Commemoration of the Baptism of our Lord
Jesus Christ", with the rank of a second-class feast.
A mere 14 years after the institution of the feast, Pope Paul VI set
its date as the first Sunday after 06th January or, if in a
particular country the Epiphany is celebrated on 07th or 08th
January, on the following Monday.
Pope John Paul II initiated a custom whereby on this Feast the Pope
baptizes babies in the Sistine Chapel.
The feast marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmastide.
On the following day the season of ordinary time begins.
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