Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The Holy Name

January 1

The Holy Name of Jesus, or, the Feast of the Circumcision

On January 1st, we celebrate the Circumcision of Christ. Since we are more squeamish than our ancestors, modern calendars often list it as the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, but the other emphasis is the older. Every Jewish boy was circumcised (and formally named) on the eighth day of his life, and so, one week after Christmas, we celebrate the occasion when Our Lord first shed His blood for us. It is a fit close for a week of martyrs, and reminds us that to suffer for Christ is to suffer with Him.

 …(the late) James Kiefer

Details

Date:
January 1