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01 January 2007
  The Circumcision and Name of Jesus
1 January, New Testament

Circumcision of Our LordThis major feast day of the Christian Church marks the infant Jesus' eighth day of life. At this time, the Law required all boys of Israel to be circumcised (cf. Genesis 17:9-14; Leviticus 12:1-3).

On this day, our Savior also received His 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.

For more on this day, including the reason for using this date for the remembrance, please see On the Eighth Day of Christmas and Christianity and New Year's Day at Ask the Pastor, The Circumcision of Jesus Christ from Confessions of a Young Lutheran, and the 1 January 2007 entry from Jay Winter's Saints and Days writings.

IHSLection

Psalm 8
Numbers 6:22-27
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 2:21

Collect

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

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Comments:
Hi Mr. Aardvark,

Is there any particular significance to your choice of "IHS" symbol in this post?
 
I appreciate the symbolism of that particular monogram for this day, since the cross and nails worked into the monogram of Jesus' name are an added reminder that as He received His name, so Jesus also shed His blood for the first time as He worked for our salvation.
 
Well it also has a sunburst, which is of suspect symbolism, and it is the seal of the Jesuits--so I was just wondering.
 
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