Living in the Two Hearts

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Circumcision of Jesus: Part I, preparation for…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 29, 2008

Greetings!: This is a continuation of an Advent reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the first post in this series: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader.

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Note: In this as in other great mysteries of the Blessed Virgin’s life which she herself described to the mystics, quotations from her own words are printed in italics.

[Biblical Passages will follow in BOLD black print when they apply.]

Chapter 15: The Circumcision – preparation for…

During the first days after the Nativity, whenever Mary thought of the painful ceremonial operation known as Circumcision, which the Law of Israel prescribed male child on the eighth day after birth, she suffered intensely… When she of it to St. Joseph, they both wept tears of compassion.

Then one day, while Mary was kneeling in prayer, Lord said to her:

“My Daughter, do not let your heart be afflicted because your Son is to be subjected to the pains of circumcision. I have sent Him into the world as an example. Therefore, resign yourself to the shedding of His blood.”

Rising from prayer, she told St. Joseph that since the time for the Circumcision was near and they had not received any orders to the contrary, it seemed necessary that they should comply with the Law. She also informed him that rite was to be performed in the usual way, except that herself would hold the Child….

St. Joseph said:

“The holy angel told me that your sacred Son should be called Jesus.”

And Mary answered: “The same name was revealed to me when He assumed flesh in my womb…”

While they were conversing thus, innumerable strikingly beautiful angels in human form, clothed in shining white garments, descended from on high, each holding on his breast a shield on which was engraved the word Jesus…

“This is the Name of your Son, which the Blessed Trinity has given Him as the sign of salvation for the whole human race… He is to shed His blood in receiving it, since it is that of the Saviour. This will be the beginning of His sufferings in obedience to His Father’s will…”

St. Joseph also witnessed this marvelous sight, and both he Mary were filled with supernatural joy and admiration.

Previous Posts:

Anne & Joachim
Nativity (Birth) of Mary
Infancy of Mary
Presentation/Service to the Temple
* Part I
* Part II
In The Temple
The Espousals
Preparation for the Annunciation
* Part I
* Part II
* Part III
The Annunciation

The Visitation
Trials in Nazareth
Journey to Bethlehem
Birth of Jesus
Adoration of the Shepherds

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