Baptism of the Lord, Year C – complete liturgy

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen


The Lord be with you
and also with you


When the Lord had been baptized, the heavens opened, and the Spirit came down like a dove to rest on him. Then the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with him I am well pleased. (See Mt 3:16-17)


My dear friends in Christ, we come together this morning as the born-again pilgrim people of God to offer this Holy Sacrifice to Almighty God, our Heavenly Father on this the feast commemorating the inauguration of Our Lord’s Earthly Ministry at his Baptism at the hands of John.


So we pray especially today for the life, work and witness of this parish, praying that we may be able to live out the promises of our baptism and realise the prize which that sacrament wins for us: membership of the royal family of God and a place in the kingdom of heaven.


The grace of God has dawned upon the world
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own.
So now, Let us confess our sins…



Father, we have sinned against heaven and against you. We are not worthy to be called your children. We turn to you again. Have mercy on us, bring us back to yourself as those who once were dead but now have life through Christ our Lord.  Amen



Lord have mercy                                       Kyrie Eleison
Christ have mercy             or                     Christe Eleison
Lord have mercy                                       Kyrie Eleison



Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
+ pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world:have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father: Receive our prayer.


For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, In the glory of God the Father.  Amen.


The Collect


Let us pray


Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

FIRST READING          Isaiah 43: 1-7

A reading from the Book of Isaiah


Thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight, and honoured, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’, and to the south, ‘Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth – everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.’

SECOND READING       Acts 8: 14-17

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles


When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.




Allelluia! Allelluia!

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



GOSPEL READING     Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke


In the wilderness John proclaimed a baptism of repentance. As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah.


John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’


Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven,


‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’



Washed Clean

Nicene Creed


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.




We pray that Christ may be seen in the life of the Church.

Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.


You have called us into the family
of those who are the children of God.
May our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ
be strengthened by your grace.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be a temple
where the Holy Spirit can dwell.
Give us clean hands and pure hearts
so that our lives will reflect your holiness.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be a light to the world,
so that those in darkness come to you.
May our lives shine as a witness
to the saving grace you have given for all.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be members of your body,
so that when one suffers, all suffer together.
We ask for your comfort and healing power
to bring hope to those in distress.

For the sick…


For the departed…


Rest eternal…


Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.


You have called us to be the Bride,
where you, Lord, are the Bridegroom.
Prepare us for the wedding feast,
where we will be united with you for ever.
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.


Jesus, Lord of the Church,
you have called us into fellowship with all your saints.
We unite our prayers with theirs
and ask for grace to serve you with joy

We ask for the intercession of our blessed Lady, patron on this parish as we say Hail Mary…
Jesus, Lord of the Church,
in your mercy hear us.


Washed clean by the waters of Baptism
We offer these our prayers
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.


The Peace


We are the body of Christ,
by the one Spirit
we were baptized into one body
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace
and builds up the common life.


The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you


Let us offer one another a sign of peace


Pray, my brothers and sisters, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his Church.


Prayer over the gifts

Open the heavens, Holy Spirit,
for us to see Jesus interceding for us;
may we be willing to share his baptism,
ready to share his cup
and strengthened to serve him for ever.




The Lord be with you
and also with you


Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give thanks and praise


It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
ê holy Father’, almighty and eternal God.
You celebrated your new gift of baptism

in signs and wonders at the Jordan.
Your voice was heard from heaven
to awaken faith in the presence among us
ê of’  your Word made flesh.
Your Spirit was seen as a dove,
revealing Jesus as your servant,
ê and anointing him with the oil of gladness
to preach the good news to the poor.
Therefore, as we celebrate the union of earth and heaven,
ê we rejoice to echo the song of the angels in heaven
for ever praising you and singing:


Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
+Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


Eucharistic Prayer B


Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body

which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all

for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.


Jesus Christ is Lord:

Lord, by your cross and resurrection,
you have set us free.
You are the Saviour of the world.


And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins

of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection

and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice

of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of

Our Blesséd Lady, St. Anne, St. Cecilia, St Edward,

and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.


All    Amen.


Lord’s Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share the one bread


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace


Come not because you are strong,
but because you are weak.
Come not because any goodness of your own
but because you need mercy and help.
Come because you love the Lord a little
and would like to love him more.
Come because he loves you
and gave his life for you.

This is the lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blesséd are those who are called to his supper
Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.



Prayer after Communion


Lord of all time and eternity,
you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father
in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:
by the power of your Spirit complete the heavenly work of our rebirth
through the waters of the new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


  • Quiz Night: 15th Feb
  • PCC dates
  • Lent Lunches on Fridays at SMV
  • Lent Course on Mondays in Lent at the Vicarage



The Lord be with you
And also with you


Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing


May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water
welling up to eternal life,
perfect in you the image of his glory;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
the +Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.


The mass is ended. Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.