Honour Christ’s baptism and celebrate the feast

Nestled in the corner of the Anson (side) Chapel in St Chrysostom’s Church we find a stained glass window of the Baptism of Our Lord.

The window, part of the lovely sequence of stained glass windows in church, is between the large window showing the visit of the wise men, and a window showing the Transfiguration of Christ. Each of these three scenes, then, represent Christ shown to us in different forms. Christ, worshipped in the stable at Bethlehem by ‘kings’, Christ among us revealed as God’s son at the River Jordan at his baptism, and Christ’s divine glory shown to Peter, James and John on the mountain of Transfiguration.

Each of these revelations, ‘epiphanies,’ of Christ, encourage us to look for God in everyday places of life, to look for Christ among us. We are encouraged to look ‘on the margins’ – in the stable, at the riverside, on a mountain.

The Baptism of the Lord is a feast for us all to celebrate. Christ is among us encouraging us in our life journey and calling us to be in solidarity with those who proclaim God to the world. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a feast to rededicate ourselves to God, at the beginning of a New Year. It is a feast encouraging us to be agents of love and light to the world.

This theme is taken up by St Gregory Nazianzen, 4th century Archbishop of Constantinople, who wrote:

Today let us honour Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed.

Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of human beings, for whom his every word and every revelation exist. He wants you to become a living force for all humanity, light shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are  to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received – though not in its fullness – a ray of its splendour, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever.

About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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