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When Is the Baptism of the Lord?

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A Russian icon of the Baptism of the Lord. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

A Russian icon of the Baptism of the Lord in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist. The dove represents the Holy Spirit; the three angels represent the Trinity.

(Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

Question: The Baptism of the Lord commemorates Christ's Baptism by St. John the Baptist. When is the Baptism of the Lord?

Answer: Traditionally, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord was celebrated on January 13, the octave day of Epiphany. In the current liturgical calendar, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday after January 6. However, in countries (such as the United States) where the celebration of Epiphany is transferred to Sunday (see When Is Epiphany? for more details), sometimes the two feasts will fall on the same day. In those years, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the following day (Monday).

The following articles give the date when the Baptism of the Lord will be celebrated in each of the next several years:

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