Come to vespers for the baptism of our Lord at Church of the Redeemer on January 8, 2017, at 7:00 pm. This is a half-hour service of music, scripture, and prayer, to commemorate the first Sunday in the Epiphany season. The women of the Redeemer Choir lead the singing. Refreshments follow.
Music for this service includes an anthem by Rachel Aarons, “The Baptism of Christ.”
Vesper services at Redeemer are similar to compline. However, there are some differences from the weekly services at St. Mark’s Cathedral. One difference is that vespers at Redeemer are not strictly sung by the choir. There are spoken readings. The congregation participates with singing some of the chants and saying some of the prayers.
One distinctive difference with vespers at Redeemer is a five minute of so period of silence. You may silently read Psalms in a Book of Common Prayer available at your seat. Or you may meditate. Try contemplating on the meaning of one of the readings.
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. Join us during vespers for meditative prayer and praise.
The Epiphany Season
Vespers for the baptism of our Lord is on the first Sunday after the Epiphany, January 8.
The Epiphany season has four to nine weeks. It lasts from the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The length of the season varies according to the date of Easter.
The Gospel stories of this season describe various events that manifest the divinity of Jesus.
- The celebration of the coming of the Magi (Wise Men) to visit the Christ child is on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6.
- The observation of the baptism of our Lord, which marked the start of his public ministry, is on the Sunday after Epiphany.
- The gospels for most of the other Sundays of the Epiphany season describe the wedding at Cana, the calling of the disciples, and various miracles and teachings of Jesus.
- The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is always devoted to the Transfiguration.
Jesus’ identity as the Son of God is dramatically revealed in the Transfiguration gospel, as well as the gospel of the Baptism of our Lord. Our calling is to respond to Christ in faith through the showings of his divinity recorded in the Gospels of the Epiphany season.
(This information is from “Epiphany Season” in the Glossary on the Episcopal Church website.)
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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