Prayer from the Catholic Tradition


In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’

Mark 1:7-11

The public life of Jesus begins with this Mystery of Baptism.

In his Baptism, Jesus publicly embraces his mission, humbly submitting himself to the will of the Father. Jesus’ dedicating himself to the…

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