Christ Our Pascha: Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church

197: At the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan, the public ministry of the Saviour begins (see Mt 3; Mk 1). John the Baptist points to Christ in the Jordan and identifies Him as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). During the baptism of Jesus, the Most Holy Trinity is made known: “Worship of the Trinity was revealed; the voice of  the  Father  bore  witness  to  You,  naming  you  the  beloved  Son,  and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the word’s certainty.”167 “The voice of the Father” is the voice of the Heavenly Father, and the “Spirit in the form of a dove” is the Holy Spirit, who descends upon Christ, revealing him to be the Son of God. For this reason, Church tradition refers to the Baptism of Jesus Christ as the Theophany (from the Greek, meaning divine appearance).

self, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness” (
2:6-7). Christ took on the “form of a servant,” without the stain of sin,
“increasing the human and not diminishing the divine.”
In the union
of the divine and the human, “the incorporeal one takes on flesh, the
Word becomes approachable, the invisible one is seen, the impalpable
one is touched, the one beyond time enters into time, the Son of God
becomes the Son of Man.”

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