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The Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ by Pietro Perugino, 1483

Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him.

John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and in readiness for us; he who is spirit and flesh comes to a new creation through the Spirit and water.

The Meaning of Epiphany

Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico

For many years in the English speaking world the feast of Epiphany has been overshadowed by that of Christmas. But unless we realize the significance of this great day, we see only one side of the mystery of the Incarnation. Now after contemplating the staggering fact that God has become a human child, we turn to look at this mystery from the opposite angle and realize that this seemingly helpless Child is, in fact, the omnipotent God, the King and Ruler of the universe. The feast of Christ's divinity completes the feast of His humanity. It fulfills all our Advent longing for the King “who is come with great power and majesty.” We see that whereas Christmas is the family feast of Christianity, Epiphany is the great “world feast of the Catholic Church.”

Live Adoration Online

Live Adoration: EWTN Chapel — Available from 6 AM to 3 PM PT

Live Perpetual AdorationLive Perpetual Adoration: Tyburn Convent, London — Available 24 hours a day. Click the “Picture-in-Picture” icon to keep a small window on your desktop so that you can adore whenever you are on your computer. Or click the “full screen” icon and set aside an hour to spend in adoration.