Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


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The Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus

  • The Rev. Bob Dannals
  • Jan 04, 2018
  • Category: General
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Jesus’ baptism at the Jordan River was marked by the descent of the Spirit on and into him, the announcement of his intimate Trinitarian identity — “This is my beloved Son” — and the launch of his public work of proclaiming the kingdom of God.

His baptism was the first important mark of his messianic mission for the whole world, which was first signified by the Magi who came from the East.

This Sunday at the morning services we will celebrate Jesus’ Baptism — including having Baptism at 11:15am — and we will rededicate ourselves to follow in the way of his example, to be Christ-like in our own world.

In the evening at 6pm in the Chapel, we will step back one day, bringing forward the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and we will celebrate the coming of the Magi to the manger of Bethlehem and recall how Christ manifested himself to the whole world. At the conclusion of the service, we will light hand-held candles, representing the light of Christ, and carry them to the Narthex for a 12th Night Reception of cake and champagne. Join us!