Circumcision of Christ stained glassNew Year’s Day is the feast of the Circumcision and Naming of Jesus Christ in the Anglican Communion.

Lutheran denominations still observe the Feast of Circumcision, although some churches now refer to it as The Name of Jesus.

In the Catholic Church the feast day’s name changed during Vatican II, becoming the Octave of the Nativity. In 1969, it became known as the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

In the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, the readings for January 1 are used until Epiphany, January 6. Click on the link to read them in full in the second half of the post. The Collect is as follows, emphasis mine:

Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man; Grant us the true Circumcision of the Spirit; that, our hearts, and all our members, being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I wish all my readers a blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

Happy New Year!