He was baptized. Matthew 3:16
Words: Nicolas le Tourneaux, in the Cluniac Breviary, 1686 (Emergit undis et Deo). Translated from Latin to English by Jackson Mason and the compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1889.
Music: Irish, melody from A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems, by S. Powell (Dublin: 1749) (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good picture of Mason (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
The Son of Man from Jordan rose,
And prayed to God above;
When lo, the opening heav’ns disclose
A swift descending dove.
The Spirit, lighting on His brow,
Anoints the Holy One;
The Father’s voice declaring,
Art My belovèd Son.
So when, through His baptizing blessed
The Font new birth conveys,
Man kneels a son of God confessed,
Heav’n opens as he prays.
Fair innocency, like the dove’s,
Invests him, purged from sin;
For God the brooding Spirit moves,
Directs and rules within.
O Christ, whose mercy cleansed our stain
With streams of grace divine,
Let us not soil the robes again
Made white in blood of Thine.
Redeemer of a world undone,
We praise Thee and adore,
Jesu, with God the Father One,
And Spirit evermore.