Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ mosaic (mid 12th century) in Cappella Palatina di Palermo


Let us pray (in silence) [that we will be faithful to our baptism]

Eternal Father,
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him,
and revealed him to us
at his baptism in the River Jordan,
grant that we, who have been born again of water and the Holy Spirit,
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

I have reworked one of Thomas Cranmer’s most theological collects. He used it at Christmas – we have a surfeit of collects for Christmas, and I think it fits perfectly here.

You can read more of the history, and a reflection here.

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