Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas.
The Church recalls Our Lord’s second manifestation or epiphany, which occurred on the occasion of His Baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the River to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to give birth to sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes. In the Eastern Church, this feast is called Theophany because, at the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, God appeared in three persons. The Baptism of John was a sort of sacramental preparation for the Baptism of Christ. It moved men to sentiments of repentance and induced them to confess their sins. Christ did not need the baptism of John. Although He appeared in the “substance of our flesh” and was recognised “outwardly like unto ourselves”, He was absolutely sinless and impeccable. He conferred upon the water the power of the true Baptism which would remove all the sins of the world: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who takes away the sin of the world”.
Many of the incidents, which accompanied Christ’s Baptism, are symbolic of what happened at our Baptism. At Christ’s Baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him; at our Baptism the Trinity took its abode in our soul. At His Baptism Christ was proclaimed the “Beloved Son” of the Father; at our Baptism, we become the Sons and Daughters of God. At Christ’s Baptism the heavens were opened; at our Baptism, heaven was opened to us.
Mass at St. Teilo’s
Mass next weekend will be on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 10am and 6pm. While we are Alert Level 2 in Wales, you must book in advance if you wish to attend Sunday Mass at St. Teilo’s.
Bookings for the next few Sundays are now open here.
In addition, you are requested to:
- Continue to wear a face covering when attending Mass
- Keep a two-metre distance from other households/groups within the Church and on entry and exit from Church
- Do a lateral flow test before seeing others who you do not see regularly (e.g. before Sunday Mass) and only attend Mass if the result is negative
- If you have symptoms or suspect you have symptoms, please attend Mass online rather than take the risk of infecting others by attending in person.
- If you have a positive lateral flow test or symptoms of Covid, please do not attend Mass until you have quarantined for at least 7 full days and have two negative lateral flow tests on Day 6 and Day 7.
Please wait before entering the Church so that you can be directed to your allocated seat. Please do not go forward for Holy Communion until you are directed to do so.
Fr. John is away this week, there will be no Weekday Mass in the Parish on Monday or Saturday morning.
Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be at 10am. On Friday Mass will be the Requiem Mass for Anne Stagg at 10.30am all are welcome to attend.
We will record attendance at Weekday Masses during the period of Alert Level 2, but there is no need to book to attend Weekday Mass.
Full details are available in the Parish Newsletter.