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BAPTISM OF THE LORD

When is Baptism of the Lord in 2018?

Baptism of the Lord in 2018 is on the Sunday, 7th of Jan (1/07/2018).

Baptism of the Lord is on the 7th day of 2018. There are 358 days left in the year.

Quick Facts : Baptism of the Lord

  • Date: Jan 07, 2018
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Baptism of Jesus
  • 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.

Baptism of the Lord 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

List of Religious Holidays of Christian in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 06, 2018Jan 06Epiphany
SundaySunJan 07, 2018Jan 07Baptism of the Jesus
FridayFriFeb 02, 2018Feb 02Candlemas
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14St. Valentine's Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Ash Wednesday
SaturdaySatMar 17, 2018Mar 17St. Patrick's Day
MondayMonMar 19, 2018Mar 19St. Joseph's Day
SundaySunMar 25, 2018Mar 25Palm Sunday
ThursdayThuMar 29, 2018Mar 29Maundy (Holy) Thursday
FridayFriMar 30, 2018Mar 30Good Friday
SundaySunApr 01, 2018Apr 01Easter
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02Easter Monday
MondayMonApr 23, 2018Apr 23St. George's Day
ThursdayThuMay 10, 2018May 10Ascension of Jesus
SundaySunMay 20, 2018May 20Pentecost
SundaySunMay 27, 2018May 27Trinity Sunday
ThursdayThuMay 31, 2018May 31Corpus Christi
FridayFriJun 15, 2018Jun 15Saint Vladimir
FridayFriJun 29, 2018Jun 29Saints Peter and Paul
WednesdayWedJul 25, 2018Jul 25St. James the Great Day
WednesdayWedAug 01, 2018Aug 01Lammas
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15The Assumption of Mary
FridayFriSep 14, 2018Sep 14Holy Cross Day
SaturdaySatSep 29, 2018Sep 29Michael and All Angels
WednesdayWedOct 31, 2018Oct 31All Hallows Eve
ThursdayThuNov 01, 2018Nov 01All Saints' Day
FridayFriNov 02, 2018Nov 02All Souls' Day
SundaySunNov 25, 2018Nov 25Christ the King
FridayFriNov 30, 2018Nov 30St. Andrew's Day
SundaySunDec 02, 2018Dec 02Advent - first Sunday
ThursdayThuDec 06, 2018Dec 06St. Nicholas Day
MondayMonDec 24, 2018Dec 24Christmas Eve
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas
FridayFriDec 28, 2018Dec 28Holy Innocents
MondayMonDec 31, 2018Dec 31Watch Night