BAPTISM OF THE LORD (A, B, C) Lectionary #21

With echoes of the message of Epiphany, this feast interprets the baptism of Jesus as an anointing for ministry as the “suffering servant.” Note that the first two readings and the responsorial psalm for Year A may be used in any year, though a full set of texts is provided for each year.

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7. The “servant” described by Isaiah is an enigmatic figure that may stand for the prophet himself, the “poor ones” of Israel, or the whole nation. Because of the way Jesus died, Christians saw in the sufferings of the servant an image of the One who brought life from death. In this passage the servant is anointed with the divine spirit and acts with mercy and gentleness.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (28) 29
The psalmist sees in a thunderstorm the sign of God's majestic rule over all creation. The image of God “enthroned above the flood” was used by early Christians as an image of God's blessing on the waters of baptism.

El Señor Bendice a Su Pueblo (Manzano) FYC 192
Lord, Bless Your People (Warner) PMB 143
The Lord Will Bless His People PSL A-27/SS 426
The Lord Will Bless His People (Batastini) RS 58
The Lord Will Bless His People (Booth) GP 191
The Lord Will Bless His People (Canter) MI-BB 748
The Lord Will Bless His People (Cheri/Robertson) WC 428/WS 341
The Lord Will Bless His People (Forrester/Somerville) CBW 38
The Lord Will Bless His People (Guimont) GC 40/GC2 908/LPMG 21
The Lord Will Bless His People (Kreutz) PMB 576/PRM A14
The Lord Will Bless His People (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 785/LPGG 787                                
The Lord Will Bless His People (Schiavone) JS 899/LP 30
The Lord Will Bless Us with Peace (Whitaker) JS 31

Common Psalm: Ps (71) 72
See suggestions for Epiphany.

Acts 10:34-38. At the end of a dramatic passage in which Peter accepts the call to baptize non-Jews, he summarizes the Gospel message: Jesus was anointed by the spirit of God to heal “all those oppressed by the devil,” and that “healing” applies to all who are called by God.

Matthew 3:13-17. In Matthew's version of the baptism story, John acknowledges Jesus’ superiority, but it is only Jesus who sees the Spirit of God descending “like a dove.” Presumably it is also only Jesus who hears the voice naming him God’s “beloved Son,” since there is no reaction from John or the crowd.

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Songs for the Liturgy
A Living Hope (2,G) CBW 613/PMB 284                
All the Ends of the Earth – Dufford (G) BB-MI 548/ GP 683/GP3 712/GC 520/GC2 526/G3 604/JS 595/JS3 573/OFUV 571
All the Ends of the Earth  (Booth)  SPS 82
All the Ends of the Earth  (Canedo)  SPS 83
All You Who Are Thirsty (G) RS 644/GC 501/GC2 501
Arise, Your Light Is Come! (1) CBW 302
Baptized in Water (G) BB-MI 646/CBW 614/RS 903/JS 542/JS3 516/LMGM2 746/GC 798/GC2 797/G3 903/GP3 391/OIF 516/PMB 286/SS 980/WC 635/WS 530/WOR 720/WOR4 919
Before the Sun Burned Bright (G) CBW 5044/GP 577/GP3 565
Blessed Quietness (G) LMGM 72/LMGM2 594
Christ, You are the Fullness (2,G) CBW 431
Come, Taste and See (G)   GP 526/JS 818
Everyone Moved by the Spirit (G) GP 412/GP3 353
God Sends Us His Spirit (G) WOR 724
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (1,G)  OIF 404/PMB 225/SS 656/WC 546/WS 451
Healing River (G) RS 715/GC 584/GC2 564/G3 643/GP3 422
Here Am I (1) RS 822/GC2 713/G3 804
*Here Is My Servant (1) PSL A-34/SS 291
I Have Been Anointed (1,2,G) OIF 702/PMB 395/WC 819/WS 658
I've Just Come from the Fountain (G) LMGM 110
*Jesus at the Jordan Baptized (G) SS 705
Joy to the World (1) BB 79/CBW 328/GP 318/GP3 240/LMGM 19/LMGM2 249/RS 524/GC 343/GC2 353/G3 437/JS 336/JS3 303/OFUV 379/OFUV 651/OIF 388/PMB 207/SPS 147/SS 693/WC 522/WS 440/WOR 399/WOR4 424
Now in This Banquet, vss 3‑4 (1) CBW 608/GC 833/GC2 825/G3 937/RS 933
O Christ, the Great Foundation (1,G) CBW 527/RS 781, 782/GC2 646/SS 878/WOR 618
O God of Love, O King of Peace (Ps) CBW 681/OIF 793/RS 833/PMB 457/WC 898/WOR 652/WOR4 813
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (1,G) CBW 582/OIF 637
Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior (G) BB-MI 589/CBW 442/JS 674/JS3 643/RS 652/GC 515/GC2 517/G3 596/GP 662/OFUV 651
Priestly People, v 1 (E,1,G) OIF 669/PMB 383/WC 786/WS 637
Send Down the Fire (G) GC 466/GC2 477/G3 557
Song of the Holy Spirit (G) CBW 526/JS 460
Song over the Waters (G) RS 855/GC 585/GC2 559/G3 661/SS 841
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (G) BB 107/CBW 348/LMGM2 278/RS 529/GC 376/GC2 383/G3 459/JS 368/JS3 333/OFUV 406/OIF 409/PMB 224/SS 696/WC 548/WS 452/WOR 410/WOR4 451
Sweet Refreshment (G) GC2 802/G3 899/SS 746
The Church of Christ in Every Age (1) OIF 875/RS 803/JS 843/JS3 823/GC2 665/G3 765/SS 899/WC 965/WOR 626/WOR4 785
The Church's One Foundation (G) BB-MI 418/CBW 604/G3 742/GP 573/GP3 571/LMGM2 606/JS 779/JS3 746/OFUV 770/OIF 671/PMB 385/SS 879/WC 789/WS 638/WOR4 736
The Spirit of God (G)  OIF 714/PMB 399/WC 832/WS 662
The Voice of God Goes Out (1,G) CBW 433/WOR 358
There Is One Lord (G) BB-MI 491/GP 453/GP3 401/OFUV 292/OIF 306,512/RS 835/GC 661/G3 905/JS 699/PMB 287/WC 638/WS 533/WOR 657/WOR4 792
*To Jordan Jesus Humbly Came (G) OIF 414/WC 554/WS 455
Ustedes Sacarán Agua/You Will Draw Water FYC 2, 282/JS 116
Wade in the Water (G) BB-MI 651/LMGM 107/LMGM2 738/GC 812/GC2 793/G3 898/GP 456/GP3 396/JS 544/JS3 519/OFUV 299/SS 546
Waters of Love (Ps,G) OIF 502/WC 636
We Shall Draw Water (1) BB-MI 814/GP 288/JS 117/JS3 118/OFUV 268
*When Jesus Came to Jordan (G) RS 878/WOR 697/WOR4 456
*When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized (G) BB 111/CBW 350/JS 372/JS3 337
*When John Baptized by Jordan's River (G) OIF 413/RS 538/CBW 325/JS 373/JS3 338/GC2 390/G3 467/SS 706/WC 553/WOR 412/WOR4 458
Wonderful and Great (Ps) OIF 860/PMB 499/WC 956
You Are the Voice (G) GC 549/GC2 538/RS 659/CBW 576
You Have Anointed Me (1) RS 795/GC 676/GC2 662/G3 773/GP 555/GP3 534


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation


Publisher & edition  #

All Glory Be to God on High  (SATB) Cruger, Johannes/Proulx, Richard GIA  (G-4149) PS
Arise, Shine, For Your Light is Come (SAB) Powell Selah 405-331 G
Ascribe to the Lord  (SATB) Wetzler, Robert Concordia  (98-3109) * PS
Ascribe to the Lord the Glory  (SATB) Hillert, Richard Concordia  (98-2825) * PS
Asperges Casciolini, C. CPDL G
Baptism Carol, The  (SATB) Busarow, D. Concordia  (98-3223) * G
Baptism of Christ, The (SATB) Hallock, Peter GIA  (G-2331) G
Baptism of Jesus, The  (SATB, Organ)
Baptism of Jesus, The  (2 pt)
Hallstrom, Henry
Abington  (APM-581)
GIA G-3382
E, G
Baptism of Jesus, The  (SATB, keyboard) Lovelace, Austin C. GIA  (G-5313) G
Baptism of the Lord  (2-part mixed) Callahan, Charles Morningstar (MSM 50-2003) G
Carol of Baptism  (SAB or 2-part mixed, Organ) Brandon, George Concordia  (98-2138) * E, G
Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized (SAB, keyboard) Helman, Michael Augsburg  (800674057) G
Exaltabo te, Domine  (SSATB, Latin/English) Palestrina, G.P./Button, H. Elliott Novello  (1135) PS
Festival Anthem  (SATB, Trumpet, & Organ) Leaf, Robert Augsburg  (11-1795) * PS
Give to Jehovah from “2nd Morning Star Choir Book,” (Unison, keyboard) Schütz, Heinrich Concordia  (97-4702) PS
Give Unto the Lord, O Ye Mighty (Unison & Organ, German/English) Schütz, Heinrich/Agey, C. Buell Abingdon  (APM-135) PS
Hail to the Lord's Anointed Lovelace E. C. Schirmer G
I'm Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart (SATB) Hogan, Moses Hal Leonard  (08740284) G
In Dulci Jubilo (SATB/SATB) Praetorius/Tortolano GIA G-2243 G
It Is A Good Thing to Give Thanks (SATB) Busarow, D. Concordia  (98-3126) * PS
Let Thy Holy Presence  (SATB) Tchesnokoff, T. Pro Art  (1514) G
Lone Wild Bird, The  (SATB) Haugen, Marty GIA  (G-3538) G
Of the Fathers Love Begotten (SAB)
Of the Fathers Love Begotten (SATB)
EC Schirmer / Morning Star Music 7071
Colla Voce 55-54122
On Jordan's Bank (SATB, Sop. desc., Organ, Flute) Ferris, William World Library (WLP005701) G
Psalm 29  (SATB, Unison) Cartford, Gerhard M. Augsburg  (11-0672) PS
Psalm 29  (SATB) Schütz, Heinrich/Lynn, George Presser  (312.40072) PS
Psalm 29  (SSATB, keyboard) Sweelinck, J.P. Edition Musico (G-539) PS
Psalm 29  (Solo, 2-part choir, organ, opt. Brass, Hebrew/English) Weisgall, Hugo Presser  (312.40958) PS
Spirit of God, Descendeth Upon My Heart (SATB, solo) Jennings, Kenneth Augsburg  (6000098332) G
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart (SAB, keyboard) Thoburn, Crawford R. Mark Foster/Shawnee (MF2138) G
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day  (SATB) Gardner Oxford  (40.107) G
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day  (SATB) Shaw/Parker G. Schirmer  (731) G
This Child of  Ours  (SATB, Piano, Flute) Jeffrey Concordia  (98-3730) * G
Tribus miraculis from “Ten Palestrina Motets” (SATB) Palestrina, L. Oxford G
Tribus Miraculis Marenzio CPDL G
Voice of God Goes Out, The (SATB) McCabe Paraclete G
Voice of the Lord Sounds  (SATB, Organ or Piano) Schütz, Heinrich Mercury  (MC-407) PS
When Jesus Came to Jordan (SATB, Keyboard, C-Instrument) Trapp, Lynn M. GIA  (G-5266) G

* out of print