Vigil for the Eve of the Baptism of Our Lord

From the Book of Occasional Services

When a Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord is observed, it begins with the Service of Light, page 109 of the Book of Common Prayer (substituting, if desired, the Gloria in excelsis for the Phos Hilaron), and continues with the Salutation and Collect of the Day. Three or more lessons are before the Gospel, each followed by a period of silence and Psalm, Canticle or hymn. Holy Baptism or Confirmation (beginning with the Presentation of the Candidates), or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Prayer Book page 292, follows the Sermon.

The Story of the Flood
Genesis (7:1-5,11-18); 8:6-18; 9:8-13

Psalm 25:3-9, or Psalm 46

The Lord who Makes a Way in the Sea
Isaiah 43:15-19

Psalm 114

The Washing and Anointing of Aaron
Leviticus 8:1-12

Psalm 23 or Psalm 133

The Anointing of David
1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 2:1-8 or Psalm 110:1-5

The Cleansing of Naaman in the Jordan
2 Kings 5:1-14

Psalm 51:8-13

Salvation Offered Freely to All
Isaiah 55:1-11

Canticle 9, The First Song of Isaiah

A new Heart and a new Spirit
Ezekiel 36:24-28

Psalm 42

The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me
Isaiah 61:1-9

or Behold my Servant *
Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 89:20-29 *

When God's Patience Waited in the Days of Noah
1 Peter 3:15b-22

or God Anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit *
Acts 10:34-38

The Baptism of Jesus *
Year A: Matthew 3:13-17
Year B: Mark 1:7-11
Year C: Luke 3:15-16,21-22

Or The Resurrection and the Great Commission
Matthew 28:1-10,16-20


*Proper Readings and Psalm for the Eucharist of the Feast


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