August 15, 2022     7:17 am
37. Week of Sunday after New Year - Monday
John baptises
          Repent, and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.   Acts 2:38
          In the days when John preached and baptised, as shown yesterday, Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptised by him. But John forbade Him, saying, "I need to be baptised by You, and yet why do You come to me?" And Jesus, answering, said to him, "Allow it to be like this now for in this way it is necessary for us to fulfil all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. And Jesus, when He was baptised, went up straightaway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened to Him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting upon Him; and, lo, a voice from heaven, saying: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matt.3:13-17.)
          On sinless Jesus rested the sin of the whole world. Therefore He was baptised, even as once He had been circumcised, for the remission of sins which, by His suffering and death, He would merit for Himself, that is, for the whole world. And so the Father was well pleased with Him, His dear Son. And the Holy Spirit came upon Him, according to His human nature, for the performance of His great work.- And what about our Baptism? We have been baptised into Him, into His merit, and have received forgiveness of sin. When we were baptised, the Holy Spirit came, entered our hearts and effected in us the new birth of children of God. God the Father then said to every one of us: "You are my beloved child in whom I am well pleased." And in true repentance, that is, in true confession of sin and in a living faith, we must always comfort ourselves with our Baptism. So help us God!
          PRAYER: - I give thanks to You, O Lord, Triune God, for my blessed Baptism. There You, Lord Jesus, became my own with all Your merit. There You, Lord Holy Spirit, created faith within me and made me a child of God in Christ. And there You, God the Father, graciously received and proclaimed me Your dear child. Grant now, O merciful God, that in faith I may hold fast to this grace obtained in Baptism, and, living and dying as Your own, may enter eternal life. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:17 am