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Showing posts with label Pope Benedict's Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pope Benedict's Homily for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 2013. Show all posts

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pope Benedict's Homily on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

(Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI baptised 20 babies in the Sistine Chapel Sunday, urging couples and godparents to lead their lives as an example of true Christian virtue even though it may seem unfashionable.

In his homily for this year’s celebration on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, the Pope said “It's not always easy to openly and uncompromisingly show your beliefs, especially in the context in which we live, in a society that often considers unfashionable those who live out their faith in Jesus.”

The full text of Vatican Radio’s unofficial translation follows:

Dear brothers and sisters!

The joy arising from the celebration of Christmas finds its completion today in the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. To this joy is added another reason for those of us who are gathered here: in the Sacrament of Baptism that will soon be administered to these infants, the living and active presence of the Holy Spirit is manifested, enriching the Church with new children, enlivening and making them grow, and we cannot help but rejoice. I wish to extend a special greeting to you, dear parents and godparents, who today bear witness to your faith by requesting Baptism for these children, because they are regenerated to new life in Christ and become part of the community of believers.