This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord which brings an end to the Christmas season. This feast, began to be celebrated on the octave (eighth day) of the feast of Epiphany, with the miracle at Cana celebrated on the Sunday after that. In the current liturgical calendar, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday after January 6. In the Eastern Church this feast is called Theophany because at the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan God appeared in three persons.
Many of the incidents which accompanied Christ's baptism are symbolical of what happened at our Baptism. At Christ's baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him; at our Baptism the Trinity took its abode in our soul. At His baptism Christ was proclaimed the "Beloved Son" of the Father; at our Baptism we become the adopted sons and daughters of God. At Christ's baptism the heavens were opened; at our Baptism heaven was opened to us. For us baptism is the gateway to all the sacramental graces. Therefore, the Church encourages child baptism to instill that faith in people from the very young age. Let us pray for all young parents and little ones who are getting ready for the awesome gift of faith through baptism.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all members of our baptism team who spent so much time in preparing and coordinating this wonderful ministry.
Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor