Scripture Verse

He was baptized. Matthew 3:16


Baptism of Christ
Louis C. Tiffany
© 2007 James G. Howes
Used by Permission

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 ?

Nicolas le Tourneaux


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, Thou
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.