Sunday Mass | The Baptism of the Lord

Mass of the Baptism of the Lord celebrated by Fr James Ralston O.M.I., Blessed Sacrament Parish, Durban, South Africa.

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON:

After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened,

and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove,

and the voice of the Father thundered:

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11.


RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 104.

RESPONSE: Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, how great you are!


1. O Lord my God, how great you are,

clothed in majesty and honour,

wrapped in light as with a robe!

You stretch out the heavens like a tent. ℟


2. On the waters you establish your dwelling.

You make the clouds your chariot;

you ride on the wings of the wind.

You make the winds your messengers,

flame and fire your servants. ℟


3. How many are your works, O Lord!

In wisdom you have made them all.

The earth is full of your creatures.

Vast and wide is the span of the sea,

with its creeping things past counting,

living things great and small. ℟


4. All of these look to you

to give them their food in due season.

You give it, they gather it up;

you open wide your hand, they are well filled. ℟


5. You hide your face, they are dismayed;

you take away their breath, they die,

returning to the dust from which they came.

You send forth your spirit, and they are created,

and you renew the face of the earth. ℟


SECOND READING: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7.


GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Alleluia, alleluia.

John said: He who is coming is mightier than I;

he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Alleluia.


GOSPEL: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON:

Behold the One of whom John said:

I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER:

My Jesus,

I believe that you are present

in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

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