Liturgy Planning

The Baptism of the Lord

January 8, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [21]

First Reading

Here is my servant, in whom my soul delights | Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Thus says the Lord:

Here is my servant whom I uphold,

my chosen one in whom my soul delights.

I have endowed him with my spirit

that he may bring true justice to the nations.

He does not cry out or shout aloud,

or make his voice heard in the streets.

He does not break the crushed reed,

nor quench the wavering flame.

Faithfully he brings true justice;

he will neither waver, nor be crushed

until true justice is established on earth,

for the islands are awaiting his law.

I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right;

I have taken you by the hand and formed you;

I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations,

to open the eyes of the blind,

to free captives from prison,

and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.


The Lord will bless his people with peace. | Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3b, 9b-10

O give the Lord, you sons of God,

  give the Lord glory and power;

give the Lord the glory of his name.

  Adore the Lord in his holy court.

The Lord will bless his people with peace.

The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters,

  the Lord on the immensity of waters;

the voice of the Lord, full of power,

  the voice of the Lord, full of splendour.

The Lord will bless his people with peace.

The God of glory thunders.

  In his temple they all cry: ‘Glory!’

The Lord sat enthroned over the flood;

  the Lord sits as king for ever.

The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Second Reading

God had anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit | Acts 10:34-38

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’ he said ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him.

  ‘It is true, God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ – but Jesus Christ is Lord of all men. You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil.’

Gospel Acclamation

The heavens opened and the Father’s voice resounded: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’

cf. Mark 9:7


'This is my Son, the Beloved' | Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. John tried to dissuade him. ‘It is I who need baptism from you’ he said ‘and yet you come to me!’ But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that righteousness demands.’ At this, John gave in to him.

  As soon as Jesus was baptised he came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice spoke from heaven, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him.’

Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 28/29: The Lord Will Bless
Composer: Fintan O'Carroll
Publisher: IND
Psalm 29: Lord, Bless Your People
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 91: Within the Wings of God’s Embrace
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP

Hymns & Songs

Baptized in Water
Composer: Gaelic
Text: Saward, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Bless the Lord, My Soul
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Psalm 102
Confitemini Domino / Come and Fill
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Down in the River to Pray
Composer: American Folk Song
Draw Near
Composer: Janco, Steven R.
Text: Sancti, venite, Christi corpus sumite
Publisher: WLP
Jesus Christ, by Faith Revealed
Text: Dufner, Delores
Publisher: WLP
Shall We Gather at the River
Composer: Lowry, Robert
Text: Lowry, Robert
Take Comfort, My People
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Isaiah 40
Publisher: WLP