8th Day of Christmas

January 1

Feast Day of the Holy Name is the day that commemorates the circumcision and naming of Jesus. According to the custom of the Jews (Luke 2), these  happened on the eighth day after his birth. The name “Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew “Yeshua” which means “the Lord will save.” Both Mary and Joseph were instructed by the angel to call his name Jesus –Yeshua – for he will save his people from their sins. On this day, we celebrate the power of God to save through the name of Jesus!

Reading: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Read John1:1-18

Collect: Almighty God, your blessed Son fulfilled the covenant of circumcision for our sake, and was given the Name that is above every name: Give us grace faithfully to bear his Name, and to worship him with pure hearts according to the New Covenant; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Pray: Join this Prayer for New Beginnings

Make Merry:

  • Gratitude Journal: Write 3 things for which you are grateful.

  • Go for a walk or a hike (weather permitting). 

  • Snowman Drawing Competition

  • Make a “hobby resolution” that makes play a priority in the new year. 

  • When you look in the mirror or at others in the zoom screen, be mindful of the image of God.

  • Make Eight maids a-milking. Post a photo #12TideCbus

 

Ancient Text Reflection:

A letter of Saint Athanasius, Bishop (AD 296-373)  The Word took our nature from Mary

The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, says the Apostle, and so had to be like his brothers in all things. He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence: she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving birth, and says: She wrapped him in swaddling clothes. Her breasts, which fed him, were called blessed. Sacrifice was offered because the child was her firstborn.

 

Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of “what will be born in you” to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from outside; he spoke of “what will be born from you,” so that we might know by faith that her child originated within her and from her. By taking our nature and offering it in sacrifice, the Word was to destroy it completely and then invest it with his own nature, and so prompt the Apostle to say: This corruptible body must put on incorruption; this mortal body must put on immortality.

 

This was not done in outward show only, as some have imagined. This is not so. Our Savior truly became a man, and from this has followed the salvation of humanity as a whole. Our salvation is in no way fictitious, nor does it apply only to the body. The salvation of the whole man, that is, of soul and body, has really been achieved in the Word himself.

 

What was born of Mary was therefore human by nature, in accordance with the inspired Scriptures, and the body of the Lord was a true body: It was a true body because it was the same as ours. Mary, you see, is our sister, for we are all born from Adam and Eve. The words of St John, the Word was made flesh, bear the same meaning, as we may see from a similar turn of phrase in St Paul: Christ was made a curse for our sake.

 

Man’s body has acquired something great through its communion and union with the Word. From being mortal it has been made immortal; though it was a living body it has become a spiritual one; though it was made from the earth it has passed through the gates of heaven. Even when the Word takes a body from Mary, the Trinity remains a Trinity, with neither increase nor decrease. It is forever perfect. In the Trinity we acknowledge one Godhead, and thus one God, the Father of the Word, is proclaimed in the Church.

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