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01 January 2006
  The Circumcision and Name of Jesus
1 January, New Testament

The Circumcision of Our Lord
This major feast day of the Christian Church marks the infant Jesus' eighth day of life, when the Law required all boys of Israel to be circumcised. On this day, our Savior also received the name (Luke 2:21). This fulfilled the command given to both Mary (Luke 1:31) and Joseph (Matthew 1:21) during their angelic visitations.

Christ's circumcision placed Him fully under God's Law. His name, Jesus, from the Hebrew "Joshua" (meaning "Yahweh saves" or "He saves"), bespeaks the purpose for which He assumed human flesh and came to live among us.

See Ask the Pastor for a column detailing why the Christian Church celebrates On the Eighth Day of Christmas.

IHSLection
Psalm 8
Numbers 6:22-27
Romans 1:1-7 or Philippians 2:9-13
Luke 2:21

Collect
Lord God, You made Your blessed Son, our Savior, subject to the Law to shed His blood on our behalf. Grant us the true circumcision of the spirit that our hearts may be made pure from all sin; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
 
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