The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
January 9, 2012

Psalter: Week I

Color: White

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
    1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, he will bring forth justice to the nations.
    2 He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;
    3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.
    4 He will not fail or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.
    6 "I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,
    7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 29:1-4, 3, 9-10
    1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
    2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy array.
    3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, upon many waters.
    4 The voice of the LORD is powerful, the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
    9 The voice of the LORD makes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forests bare; and in his temple all cry, "Glory!"
    10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king for ever.

  • Second Reading

    Acts 10:34-38
    34 And Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality,
    35 but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
    36 You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all),
    37 the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
    38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

  • Gospel

    Mark 1:7-11
    7 And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
    8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
    9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
    10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove;
    11 and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    Isaiah 55:1-11
    1 "Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
    2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in fatness.
    3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
    4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.
    5 Behold, you shall call nations that you know not, and nations that knew you not shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.
    6 "Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
    7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
    8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
    9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    10 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    11 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Isaiah 12:2-6
    2 "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation."
    3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
    4 And you will say in that day: "Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the nations, proclaim that his name is exalted.
    5 "Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.
    6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."

  • Second Reading

    1 John 5:1-9
    1 Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God, and every one who loves the parent loves the child.
    2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
    3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
    4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.
    5 Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
    6 This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood.
    7 And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth.
    8 There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree.
    9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has borne witness to his Son.

  • Gospel

    Mark 1:7-11
    7 And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
    8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
    9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
    10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove;
    11 and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."

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