St John’s Tide – Act of Consecration of Man
Wednesday – June 24th – 9:00 am
St. John’s tide begins on June 24th and continues for four Sundays. … There are no fixed reading for this time. The only guideline is that the readings should be about John the Baptist. The time of John is only correctly understood when we not only think of it as commemorating a historical figure – the first co-worker of God – but as containing his real presence, inwardly, within ourselves. The power of sacrifice and of facilitation which lived in him then, shines each year anew, and it is possible to call upon him as he corks directly with us during the celebration of the Act of Consecration of Man at this time of the year. (From The Gospel Readings in the Cycle of the Year by Rev. Schroeder)
This year, Rev. Thornton chose this passage of the Gospel the 24th and first Sunday:
MARK I: 1-12
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As it is written in Isiah the prophet:
“Behold, I send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare Your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, make his path straight.”
John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My Beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.