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Circumcision of Jesus – Part II

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 31, 2013

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.


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 continued…

"And you shall call His name, Jesus, for He will save His people..."

“And you shall call His name, Jesus, for He will save His people…”

On the eighth day therefore, after having duly prepared everything in the stable, St. Joseph went to Bethlehem and returned with a dignified elderly priest… At first, the priest was somewhat astonished and shocked at the…poverty of the Holy Family’s home.  But the young Mother of God welcomed him with modesty and grace that he was soon moved to deep respect and devotion toward such a saintly person.

And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. ~Luke 2:21

The ceremony was to take place at the entrance grotto, not far from the crib. St. Joseph lighted two candles and the priests began to recite some prayers…[Mary] meekly requested to be allowed to stay and to hold her Son in her arms, as she did not wish to leave Him at such a moment…The priest consented…

…sitting down [Mary] spread…out…[a] towel on her lap, [and] placed her Child on it, and the priest then proceeded to perform the ceremony of Circumcision with a small flint knife, while St. Joseph recited the ritual prayer:

“Blessed be Jehovah the Saviour.  He [has] sanctified His well-beloved from the womb of His mother and [has] written the Law in our flesh. He [has] signed His Son with the sign of His Covenant, that He may impart to Him the blessings of Abraham our father.”

As usual, His holy Mother perceived and felt all that He was doing and suffering, and she too wept. When the rite was over, in mutual love and compassion the Child clung to His Mother while she tenderly caressed and comforted Him she wrapped Him again in His swaddling clothes.

…the priest [then] asked the parents what name they wished to give the Child. Both Mary and Joseph said at the same time: “Jesus is His name!”

Profoundly moved and shedding tears of supernatural joy, the priest inscribed the Holy Name on a parchment register. And under the inspiration of divine grace, he exclaimed:

“I am convinced that this Child is to be a Prophet of the Lord!  Take great care in raising Him….”

Behold the wonder of God!

Behold the wonder of God!

The ceremony being completed, Joseph and Mary…offered a light meal to the priest… and some candles as a gift…When the Holy Family was alone again, as the Infant Jesus was crying from pain, Mary withdrew to the end of the grotto with Him, and, sitting down, she lowered her veil and soothed Him by nursing Him, weeping quietly as she did.

That night Jesus’ pain was so severe that He could not rest… So Mary and Joseph took turns walking up and down the grotto with Him.

A few days later, St. Elizabeth came with an old servant to pay the Holy Family a visit. Mary was overjoyed [and] affectionately embraced her cousin…Elizabeth wept as she reverently [held] the Infant Jesus [in her arms].

The Blessed Virgin told her cousin all that she and St. Joseph had experienced, and when she described the trouble they had in finding lodging, St. Elizabeth wept a great deal. And after the Mother of God had told St. Elizabeth about the miraculous birth of her Son, Elizabeth said to her: “The birth of my John was indeed quite painless, but it certainly was very different.”

Jewish Nation

Jewish Nation

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you [Abraham] and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. ~Gen 17:7

This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.

He that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised; every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house, or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he that is born in your house and he that is bought with your money, shall be circumcised.

So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.” ~Gen 17:10-14

And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. ~Genesis 21:4

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
Circumcision of Jesus
*Part I

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