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  1. 1. Epiphany: St. John the Baptist Baptizes Jesus Christ<br />Tubah 8, 1726 AM-January 16, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Memory Verse<br />“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)<br />
  3. 3. Introduction<br />When do we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ<br />Tubah 11, 1726 AM / January 19, 2010<br />Have you ever seen a baby baptized in church? <br />
  4. 4. A Story ….<br />Every Sunday (sometimes Saturday) morning the mom and the dad wake up early and take baby Andrea to go to church!<br />They wear their nicest clothes and come to church to celebrate the Liturgy prayers.<br />Today, was a little different.<br /> Because today, Andrea will be baptized to become a Christian like all her brothers and sisters in church.<br />Andrea’s mom prepared the white dress, that Andrea would put on after baptism.<br />
  5. 5. Getting Everything Ready!<br />In the early morning the family went to church, to the baptistery.<br />Abona prayed to sanctify the water.<br />He consecrated it with chrism (Myron)<br />
  6. 6. From the West …<br />The mother held Andrea in her left arm and faced the west and said:<br />“I renounce you O Satan, all you evil deeds and all your wicked powers.”<br />This is a declaration that we are enemies to the devil and all his evil ways.<br />
  7. 7. … toward the East<br />The mother then took Andrea on her right side and looked towards the east and said:<br />“I acknowledge thee O Christ my Lord and all your sincere laws and all your commands, deeds, and work that give life.”<br />This is the declaration of the Christian faith.<br />
  8. 8. Baptism<br />AbonaImmersed Andrea 3 times in the baptism water saying:<br />“ Andrea, I baptize you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”<br />The baptized person is immersed completely under water because we are buried with Christ and also risen with Him to enjoy a new life (Romans 6:4-6)<br />
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  10. 10. Chrismation<br />Then he took the Chrism bottle (Myron) and anointed Andrea 36 times:<br />Head<br />Chest<br />Heart<br />Back<br />Hands<br />Top of shoulders<br />Palm of hands and the back of hands<br />Lower half of the body <br />Saying : “Andrea, I anoint you with the Holy oil in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”<br />
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  12. 12. The White Dress and Girdle<br />Abona prays:<br />“May you be blessed with the blessings of the heavenly creatures and the heavenly angels.”<br />Then he breathed into his face saying:<br />“Receive the Holy Spirit and be a pure vessel through Jesus Christ our Lord.”<br />Abona then dressed Andrea in the white dress and tied a red ribbon called a girdle<br /> the power and deep joy – Now Andrea is bride that belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ.<br />
  13. 13. A New Creation! <br />Now Andrea’s mother  Andrea’s Godmother<br />Responsible for teaching Andrea the love of Jesus Christ, the church and the sacraments.<br /><ul><li> The whole family took communion, including Andrea.
  14. 14. Andrea is now born again through the Holy Spirit and the Church (the mother of us all) to become a child of God.</li></li></ul><li>
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  16. 16. Pop Quiz<br />Why is the baby dressed in white clothes? <br />- A sign of godliness and new birth<br />What did the mother say towards the west and towards the east?<br /><ul><li>West = I reject you Satan and all your evil deeds
  17. 17. East = I accept You, Christ Jesus our Lord and all Your commandments that give life.</li></ul>How many times does Abona immerse the baby?<br />- 3 times <br />4. How many times does Abona anoint the baby with Myron Oil?<br />36 times<br />5. What is this called? Why does he do that?<br />Chrismation = Just as Our Lord was shrouded with spices before his burial, we are sanctified with the Lord both body and soul.<br />We become a Holy temple for the Holy Spirit <br />6. What is the girdle? What does it stand for?<br />A red ribbon, a sign of victory like that of resurrection!<br />
  18. 18. Baptized in the Jordan<br />Our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized like us in the Jordan River by St. John the Baptist<br />Do you remember the story of his birth?<br />“Prepare the way of the Lord” (Luke 3:4)<br />St. John the Baptist called for all to repent and be washed of all their sins in the Jordan River<br />“Then went out to Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, telling about their sins.”<br />
  19. 19. Baptized with the Holy Spirit + Fire<br />He said to the people, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is better than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”<br />
  20. 20. I need to be baptized by You, Lord<br />Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John the Baptist, to baptize Him.<br />St. John would have prevented him saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”<br />But Jesus encouraged him and told him that we have to do all the good things.<br />
  21. 21. And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove, and a light on Him, and lo, a voice from heaven saying:<br />“This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”<br />
  22. 22. What salt is for any food, humility is for every virtue. (St. Issac the Syrian)<br />Our Lord Jesus Christ showed us how to be humble.<br />He left his throne in heaven and became man on earth <br />He went to John the Baptist to be baptized by him.<br />
  23. 23. Pop Quiz<br />Where did John the Baptist baptize people?<br />- Jordan River<br />2. What did he say to the people?<br />Repent for your sins because Him who comes after me is preferred before me<br />3. What did Jesus request John the Baptist to do?<br />Baptize Him<br />4. What happened when Jesus went up from the water? What did John the Baptist see? What did the voice say?<br />The heavens opened, there appeared a dove and bright light on Jesus and a voice that said: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”<br />5. St. John baptized with water? We are baptized through ___________<br />Holy Spirit <br />