Saturday 8 January 2011

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

God gives light to everyone who comes into this world; though unseen, God reveals himself through the works of his hand, so that all people may learn to give thanks to their Creator.

You have followed God’s light and the way of the Gospel lies open to you. Set your feet firmly on the path and acknowledge the living God, who truly speaks to everyone. Walk in the light of Christ and learn to trust in his wisdom. Commit your lives daily to his care, so that you may come to believe in him with all your heart.

This is the way of faith along which Christ will lead you in love towards eternal life. Are you prepared to make your journey through life under the guidance of Christ? I am.

And so: Do you reject sin, so as to live in the freedom of God’s children? I do.

Do you reject the glamour of evil and refuse to be mastered by sin? I do.

Do you reject Satan, father of sin and prince of darkness? I do.

Do you believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth? I do.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died and was buried, rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? I do.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting? I do.

God the all powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit and forgiven all our sins. May he keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever. Amen.

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