Celebrating the circumcision of Christ

The Circumcision of Christ

It may sound like a curious thing to celebrate, but the circumcision of Christ is commemorated by Orthodox, Catholics, and Anglicans alike on New Year’s Day. Special scripture readings, hymns, and prayers mark the observance. There are even stained-glass windows and icons depicting Joseph and Mary handing the little Jesus to the priest for the ominous moment.The story is well known. In the second chapter of his Gospel, Luke tells us that Christ was circumcised on his eighth day in accordance … [Read more...]


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