The Baptism of the Lord ‘Soul Institute’ Pslam 133 “Soul Institute’

Psalm 133
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

We read in the Prophet Isaiah “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tiding to the lowly to heal the broken hearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord.” (Is 61:1-12)

We read in the Act of the Apostles “I take it you know what has been reported all over Judea about Jesus of Nazareth om Galilee with the baptism that John preached; of the the way God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good works and healing all who were in the grip of the devil, and God was with him.” (Act 10:37)

St Cyril of Jerusalem writes “Now that you have become partakers in Christ, it is proper be call ‘christi’ since you have been marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit….After Christ had been baptized in the Jordan and conferred upon the waters the sweet odor of his dvinity, he came up out of the water and the Holy Spirit descended upon him. Upon you too, when you came up out of the sacred baptismal pool, was conferred the charism that is a figure of the one who was anointed, that is, of the Holy Spirit.”

Saint Gregory of Nazianzus in the Liturgy of the Hours tell us today “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….Jesus rises from the waters; the world rises with him. The heaven like Paradise with its flaming sword, closed by Adam for himself and his descendants, are rent open. The Spirit comes to him as to an equal, bearing witness to his Godhead. A voice bears witness to him from heaven, his place of origin, The Spirit descends in bodily form like the dove that so long along announced the ending of the flood and so gives honor to the body that is one with God….You are to be radiant lights as you stand besides Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you you have received.”

As the priest will pray at the end of mass today
“Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen”

May Our prayer today be
Lord, send forth your Spirit upon us
Lord, send forth your Spirit upon us
Lord, send forth your Spirit upon us

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