Day Eight — 1 January — The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia

Readings (Click the links to see the readings)

Numbers 6.22-27 | Ps 8 | Galatians 4.4-7 | Luke 2.15-21 |

[The angel said to Joseph] "you are to name him Jesus, because he is the one who will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1.21)
A.K. Satheesan. The Angel visits Joseph.

Miracles at the Birth of Christ
Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

The King of Glory sends his Son
To make his entrance on this earth;
Behold the midnight bright as noon,
And heavenly hosts declare his birth.

About the young Redeemer's head
What wonders and what glories meet!
An unknown star arose, and led
The eastern sages to his feet.

Simeon and Anna both conspire
The infant-Saviour to proclaim;
Inward they felt the sacred fire,
And blessed the babe, and owned his name.

Let Jews and Greeks blaspheme aloud,
And treat the holy child with scorn;
Our souls adore the eternal God
Who condescended to be born.


Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate your majesty, power-and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries.
—Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153

"Mille Cherubini in Coro", an Italian arrangement for voice and orchestra by Alois Melichar of
Franz Schubert's Wiegenlied "Schlafe, schlafe, holder, süsser Knabe", D 498, Op. 98, No. 2 (1816).
Sung by Luciano Pavarotti.

May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.