The Baptism of Jesus
for SATB and optional organ/piano
The Baptism of Jesus – SATB a cappella
(with option for organ/piano doubling, if needed)
Words (Common Worship):
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. Amen.
Suitable for use at services which include a baptism or christening, this setting of the collect for the feast of the baptism of our Lord commemorates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. The feast day itself is celebrated on the first Sunday after Epiphany.
The sound-world of The Baptism of Jesus embraces the sharpened fourth which creates a timeless quality typical of modal writing. The composition is intentionally restrained in its scoring, with no divisi, and no extremes of register, making it easily performed on little rehearsal.