Today we commemorate Our Lord's Circumcision. Why was our Lord circumcised? What is the significance of this day in the life of Our Lord? Learn more including today's connection to Devotion to the Precious Blood. For our activity, we will learn more about drawing a special saint for the year as we begin a new calendar year on this holy day.
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The Presentation of Christ in the Temple by Jacopo Tintoretto
INTROIT Isa. 9:6 A Child is born to us, and a son is given to us; upon his shoulder is supreme sovereignty, and his name shall be called the Angel of great counsel. Ps. 97:1. Sing a new canticle to the Lord, for He has done wondrous things. V. Glory be . . .
Today we celebrate a very important feast day in the year. According to the Traditional Catholic Calendar of the Saints in place before Vatican II, today is known the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Today is also the Octave Day of Christmas and as a result, it is a Holy Day of Obligation.
On the Octave Day of Christmas each year (January 1st), we recall the Presentation of our Blessed Lord in the Temple to Simeon, and Simeon’s prophecy of Our Lady and Our Lord. In the Presentation in the Temple, Our Lord and Our Lady both perfectly observed the Law of Moses – the author of the Law had subjected Himself to the Law. In Old Testament Law, a child wasn't a son of Abraham or a true part of the family until his circumcision at 8 days of age, an event in Christ's life that we celebrate on 1 January.
Jesus respected the sacredness of the Old Law and submitted to its ceremony of circumcision. The rite officially incorporated Him into the Jewish religion and was a figure of Christian Baptism. The Savior came to replace the Old Law, and to incorporate people of all nations into His Mystical Body through Baptism. From Him, the Head, they receive all the graces needed to live worthily as His members. We become "acceptable" to God in the measure that we are cleansed from sin, give God His due worship and obedience, and render our fellow men everywhere on earth both full justice and Christ-like charity.
The Presentation in the Temple is also recalled in a special way 40 days after Christmas on February 2nd, the Feast of Candlemas (also known as the Feast of the Purification of our Lady). Our Lord was presented to Simeon in the temple, as was required of the firstborn of all the Jewish people. This beautiful mystery of the Rosary is recorded in the Gospel according to St. Luke:
And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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