Thursday after Ash Wednesday: Agnus Dei
From the Gospel reading in the daily office, “The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'”
The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”
Let us pray.
Give us courage, Lord God, that we may always be ready to testify to the Son of God. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Photo from All Souls’ College chapel, Oxford by flickr user Lawrence OP.