The Baptism of our Lord
Sermon / January 7, 2018

St. John the Baptizer said, “I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” From the Gospel according to St. Mark” Today we are celebrating the baptism of Jesus. The baptism consisted of the washing in the river, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  St. Peter mentions this in Acts 10:38: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Sacrament of Baptism: The Bishop uses these words in the Sacrament of Confirmation: “Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. with your Holy Spirit; empower her for your service; and sustain him/her all the days of him/her life.” ( BCP, Confirmation, words of the Bishop, p. 418)