The Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus

On January 1, 2012, at the Feast of the Circumcision, we considered five important things we learn from the circumcision of Jesus:

  1. At Christ’s circumcision, He received the name JESUS.
  2. At Christ’s circumcision, the Incarnation was clearly manifest.
  3. His circumcision reminds us to address God with masculine pronouns.
  4. Circumcision reminds us that Christianity is earthy, tangible, & practical.
  5. Circumcision is how Jesus first shed His blood for our salvation.

On January 1, 2013, at the Feast of the Circumcision, we looked at how salvation is not just a one-on-one event between a person and God. Rather, salvation takes place in community. The circumcision of Christ teaches us that we are saved by Jesus and His friends.

For more information, consider the two original articles:

These two articles are also helpful:

For a little Orthodox fun, try this one from the Onion Dome:


About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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2 Responses to The Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus

  1. orthodoxchristian2 says:

    This proves Christ’s Human and Divine Natures and Wills. This event discredits the heresies of Monophystism and Miaphystism greatly! By the way, do you know the difference between these two? What they say about Christ is very similar to each other, and it seems just like semantics to me. Are there any Monophysite churches anymore?

    But I know they are quite different from us dyophysite Eastern Orthodox Christians, though.
    I was thinking that the circumcision also prefigured the sacrament of baptism, as well, since circumcision is a sign of beig a part of God’s people, and so is baptism.
    Love your post.

    Keep writing. Let God be with you. Amen.

    • In the homily today, I talked about the connection between circumcision and baptism. Both are pictures of dying to the old man, and being cleansed in the newness of life. Both marked God’s covenant people. And both are the occasions upon which a person is named.

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