Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord is observed next on Sunday, January 9th, 2022 (43 days from today).

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Baptism

Traditionally, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on January 13, the eighth day of Epiphany.  In the current liturgical calendar, used in the Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form of Mass), the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday after January 6.

In fact, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated anywhere from January 7 (in countries where Epiphany is celebrated on January 6) or January 8 (in countries where Epiphany is celebrated switch to Sunday) to January 13.

History of Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord, or Theophany, is the celebration of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.  Originally, Christ's baptism was celebrated on Epiphany, commemorating the arrival of the Magi, Christ's baptism, and the wedding at Cana.  However, over time in the West, the celebration of Christ's baptism was considered a separate feast from the Epiphany.  It is celebrated annually in some churches including the Catholic Church, the Anglican and Lutheran Churches on the first Sunday after the Epiphany of the Lord (January 6).

How to celebrate the Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord Day is a great opportunity for us to remember and renew our baptismal vows, and to celebrate the wonderful gift God has given us.  Invite your child's godparents to visit and join the festivities of the day.

Observed

Baptism of the Lord has been observed the Sunday after Epiphany.

Dates

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

Sunday, January 8th, 2023

Sunday, January 7th, 2024

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