A very happy New Year to my readers and subscribers! May 2016 be a year of contentment, good health and prosperity for all of you!

Circumcision of Christ stained glassUntil the second half of the 20th century January 1 was known as the Feast of the Circumcision. The infant Jesus would have been circumcised at this time, eight days after His birth, in accordance with Jewish law.

Today, January 1 is known as the Naming of Jesus, the Holy Name of Jesus or the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.

My past posts explain more about these feast days, past and present:

January 1 – Feast of the Circumcision of Christ

New Year’s Day: the Circumcision — and Naming — of Christ Jesus

Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

They provide a theological and historical perspective that is often neglected today.