as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” —
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
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