The Introit

At the name of Jesus every | knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and un- | der the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus | Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the | Father.

O | Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in | all the earth!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
At the name of Jesus every | knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and un- | der the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus | Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the | Father.

The Collect of the Day

Lord God, You made Your beloved Son, our Savior, subject to the Law and caused Him to shed His blood on our behalf. Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit that our hearts may be made pure from all sins; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

 
Christ Blessing,   Late 17th - early 18th century, Gabriel Ehinger, German, from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

Christ Blessing, Late 17th - early 18th century, Gabriel Ehinger, German, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Gradual

This is the covenant that I will make with the house of | Israel*
after those days, de- | clares the Lord:
I will put my laws in- | to their minds,*
and write them | on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they shall be my | people.*
I will remember their sins and their lawless | deeds no more.

The Old Testament

Numbers 6:22–27

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’

“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

The Epistle

Galatians 3:23–29

But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 
The Circumcision,   1763-1764,Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Circumcision, 1763-1764,Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Holy Gospel

Luke 2:21

Alleluia . She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins Alleluia.

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.