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THE BAPTISM OF JESUS

When is The Baptism of Jesus in 2023?

The Baptism of Jesus in 2023 is on the Sunday, 8th of Jan (1/08/2023).

The Baptism of Jesus is on the 8th day of 2023. There are 357 days left in the year.

The Baptism of Jesus Facts

  • Date: Jan 08, 2023
  • Religious
  • Also Called: The Baptism of Christ
  • Celebrations:
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In Catholicism, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the rituals surrounding the events of the Lord Jesus's life from birth to resurrection to death. Every detail is minutely scrutinized and carefully celebrated in its own way. One such celebration is the Baptism of the Lord, which is celebrated in January every year.

It was originally observed through the event known as the Epiphany, which marked three events from the Gospel. It denoted the visit of the three Magi to the baby Jesus in his crib, the baptism of Jesus by the river Jordan and the wedding at Cana where Jesus is said to have performed his first miracle, turning water to wine. The Magi became the most prominent celebration of the Epiphany, and in 1955 Pope Pius XII instituted a separate liturgical commemoration for the Baptism, as the 13th of January. This was changed by Pope John XXIII and subsequently by Pope Paul IV, to its current date of the first Sunday after 6th January (the Epiphany), or if in a particular country the Epiphany is celebrated on 7th or 8th January, the following Monday. The feast marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmastide and the beginning of Ordinary Time.

The Baptism of Christ would seem to be a paradox, since in Catholicism baptism is meant for remission of past sins and Christ was said to be born without Original Sin. However, by humbling himself, the Son of God, to John the Baptist, Christ is seen to have been taking on the sins of others and giving his followers a model to replicate - it was necessary not for him, but for mankind. After the Epiphany, which is seen as the "first manifestation" of the Lord, the Baptism is the "second manifestation" which marks the beginning of Christ's public ministrations.

The day is marked by feasting by Catholics, with a particular liturgy or set of prayers being read. Pope John Paul III began a tradition of christening babies at the Sistine Chapel on this day. Around the world, different water-centered traditions exist, such as in Ukraine, where craftsmen's fairs are held with traditional food, drinks and entertainment and devout Catholics bathe in ice-cold lake water. Across southern and eastern Europe, orthodox believers jump into frigid water to retrieve a wooden crucifix that is thrown in. In Bulgaria and Romania also, similar traditions are followed. From pulpits, through publications and all forms of outreach, the Catholic Church uses this day to affirm belief in Christ and the importance of the rituals of Catholicism even in the modern day context of multiple fractions in Christianity and growing atheism. Practicing Catholics take this day as an opportunity to remember their own baptisms, and reaffirm what they see as their baptismal calling - to announce the goodness of their lord.

The Feat of the Baptism of our Lord, as it is formally called, is one of the high feasts of the Catholic Church, and marks a solemn occasion in the life of Christ as their Lord and savior.

The Baptism of Jesus Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sun
  • Jan 12, 2014
  • Sun
  • Jan 11, 2015
  • Sun
  • Jan 10, 2016
  • Sun
  • Jan 08, 2017
  • Sun
  • Jan 07, 2018
  • Sun
  • Jan 13, 2019
  • Sun
  • Jan 12, 2020
  • Sun
  • Jan 10, 2021
  • Sun
  • Jan 09, 2022

List of Religious Holidays of Christian in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
ThursdayThuJan 06, 2022Jan 06Epiphany
SundaySunJan 09, 2022Jan 09The Baptism of Jesus
WednesdayWedFeb 02, 2022Feb 02Candlemas
MondayMonFeb 14, 2022Feb 14St. Valentine's Day
WednesdayWedMar 02, 2022Mar 02Ash Wednesday
ThursdayThuMar 17, 2022Mar 17St. Patrick's Day
SaturdaySatMar 19, 2022Mar 19St. Joseph's Day
SundaySunApr 10, 2022Apr 10Palm Sunday
ThursdayThuApr 14, 2022Apr 14Maundy (Holy) Thursday
FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Good Friday
SundaySunApr 17, 2022Apr 17Easter
MondayMonApr 18, 2022Apr 18Easter Monday
SaturdaySatApr 23, 2022Apr 23St. George's Day
ThursdayThuMay 26, 2022May 26Ascension of Jesus
SundaySunJun 05, 2022Jun 05Pentecost
SundaySunJun 12, 2022Jun 12Trinity Sunday
ThursdayThuJun 16, 2022Jun 16Corpus Christi
WednesdayWedJun 29, 2022Jun 29Saints Peter and Paul
FridayFriJul 15, 2022Jul 15Saint Vladimir
MondayMonJul 25, 2022Jul 25St. James the Great Day
MondayMonAug 01, 2022Aug 01Lammas
MondayMonAug 15, 2022Aug 15The Assumption of Mary
WednesdayWedSep 14, 2022Sep 14Holy Cross Day
ThursdayThuSep 29, 2022Sep 29Michael and All Angels
MondayMonOct 31, 2022Oct 31All Hallows Eve
TuesdayTueNov 01, 2022Nov 01All Saints' Day
WednesdayWedNov 02, 2022Nov 02All Souls' Day
SundaySunNov 20, 2022Nov 20Christ the King
ThursdayThuNov 24, 2022Nov 24Thanksgiving (USA)
SundaySunNov 27, 2022Nov 27Advent - first Sunday
WednesdayWedNov 30, 2022Nov 30St. Andrew's Day
TuesdayTueDec 06, 2022Dec 06St. Nicholas Day
SaturdaySatDec 24, 2022Dec 24Christmas Eve
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas
WednesdayWedDec 28, 2022Dec 28Holy Innocents
SaturdaySatDec 31, 2022Dec 31Watch Night