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Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord
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  • And it came to pass, in those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. [10] And forthwith coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit as a dove descending, and remaining on him. [11] And there came a voice from heaven: Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
    [Mark 1:9-11]


    Bl. Maria Agreda, Mystical City of God, The Coronation, Chapter V

    Thereupon saint Peter ordained that on the following day (which corresponds to the Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity), Baptism should be given to those who converted during that week. This arrangement of saint Peter was satisfactory to our Queen and to the other Apostles. Immediately there arose a doubt as to what Baptism was to be given to them: the baptism of saint John or the Baptism of Christ Our Savior.  To some it seemed that the baptism of saint John, which was that of penance, should be given to them and that through it they were to enter into the faith and justification of their souls.  Others, on the contrary said that with the Baptism and Death of Christ, the baptism of saint John had expired, since it had served to merely to prepare the souls for the reception of Christ the Redeemer, and that the Baptism of the Lord gives grace sufficient for justifying the souls and for washing off all the sins from those properly disposed: and that it was necessary to immediately introduce it into the Church.

    This opinion was approved by saint John and saint Peter and was confirmed by the most holy Mary. Hence they determined to institute at once the Baptism of Christ our Lord and to confer it on the new converts and the rest who came to Church.  In regard to the material and form of that Baptism there was no doubt among the Apostles; for all of them agreed that the material should be natural and elementary water, and that the form should be: I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost; because these were the matter and form designated by our Lord and Savior and these words He made use of in the Baptism He had himself administered. This way of baptizing was observed always from that day on.  Wherever in the Acts of the Apostles it is said that they baptized in the name of Jesus, this saying does not refer to the form, but to the Author of the Baptism, namely Jesus, in contradistinction to the author of the other baptism, that of saint John.  To baptize in the name of Jesus was the same as to baptize with the Baptism of Jesus; but the form was that which the Lord Himself had given and contains the express mention of the Three Persons of the most Holy Trinity (Math 27, 19) as the foundation and beginning of all the Catholic truth and faith.

    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi


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