Monday, December 31, 2007

The Feast of The Circumcision of Our Lord

From the Collect:

O God, who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast bestowed upon mankind the rewards of everlasting salvation: grant, we beseech Thee that we may experience her intercession for us, through whom we have been made worthy to recieve the Author of Life, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.

Epistle from the letter of blessed Paul the Apostle to Titus (2: 11-15):

Dearly beloved, The grace of God our Savior hath appeared to all men, instructing us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly and justly and godly in this world, looking for the blessed hope and coming of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ: Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse to Himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works. These things speak and exhort: in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel according to St. Luke (2: 21):

At that time, after eight days were accomplished that the Child should be circumcised: His Name was called Jesus, which was called by the Angel before He was conceived in the womb.

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