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The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

1st January 2018

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The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

Collect One

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 holy will;
through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
whose blessed Son was circumcised
in obedience to the law for our sake
and given the Name that declares your saving love:
Give us grace faithfully to bear his Name,
to worship him in the freedom of the Spirit,
and to proclaim him as the Saviour of the world;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

Numbers 6: 22–27

The Psalm

Psalm 8

The Second Reading

Galatians 4: 4–7

The Gospel Reading

Luke 2: 15–21

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Post Communion Prayer

Eternal God,
whose incarnate Son was given the name of Saviour:
Grant that we who have shared in this sacrament of our salvation
may live out our years
in the power of the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Numbers 6: 22–27
695* God of mercy, God of grace
717* May the Lord bless you and keep you

Psalm Psalm 8 [TSAC/Pr22B*]
316* Bright the vision that delighted
6* Immortal, invisible, God only wise
362* O God beyond all praising
32* O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
33* O Lord of every shining constellation

2nd Reading Galatians 4: 4–7 [C1B/9–8]
558* Abba Father, let me be
241* [Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (vv. 1, 2, 5)]
185 Virgin–born, we bow before thee

The Gospel Luke 2: 15–21 [C1B]
250* All hail the power of Jesu’s name
147 Angels from the realms of glory
149* Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
152* Come and join the celebration
158* God rest you merry, gentlemen
92* How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
162* In the bleak mid–winter
94* In the name of Jesus
583* Jesu, my Lord, my God, my all
98 Jesus, Name of wondrous love!
99* Jesus, the name high over all
101* Jesus, the very thought of thee
484* Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
170* Love came down at Christmas
102* Name of all majesty
172* O come, all ye faithful (Adeste, fideles) (vv. 1–3, 6, 7b)
104* O for a thousand tongues to sing
179* See, amid the winter’s snow
180* Shepherds came, their praises bringing
182* Silent night, holy night
111* There is a name I love to hear
117* To the name of our salvation
187* When the crimson had set

Also suitable on January 1
81* Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided
537* O God, our help in ages past
83* The year has gone beyond recall

Penitential Kyries

Lord God, mighty God, you are the creator of the world. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary, you are the Prince of Peace. Christ, have mercy.

All Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, by your power the Word was made flesh and came to dwell among us. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Introduction to the Peace

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6


You have given Jesus Christ your only Son to be born of the Virgin Mary,
and through him you have given us power to become the children of God:


Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one all things earthly and heavenly,
fill you with his joy and peace: