Day Eight — Wednesday 1 January 2020— The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

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

Readings: Numbers 6.22-27 | Psalm 8 | Galatians 4.4-7 | Luke 2.15-21 |

"But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2.19)
Henry Ossawana Tanner. The Anunciation (1898) Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Johann Sebastian Bach.
Cantata for New Year's Day (BWV 171, 1729). First movement.

Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm bis an der Welt Ende.
God, as Your name is, so is your praise to the ends of the world.

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, dir. Ton Koopman.

The Naming of Jesus
by Malcolm Guite.

I name you now, from whom all names derive
Who uttered forth the name of everything,
And in that naming made the world alive,
Sprung from the breath and essence of your being.
The very Word that gave us words to speak,
You drank in language with your mother’s milk
And learned through touch before you learned to talk,
You wove our week-day world, and still one week
Within that world, you took your saving name,
A given name, the gift of that good angel,
Whose Gospel breathes in good news for us all.
We call your name that we might hear a call
That carries from your cradle to our graves
Yeshua, Living Jesus, Yahweh Saves.


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

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