Monday, December 31, 2007

The Circumcision

Trial Girl has written to remind us that New Years Day does indeed have significance.
It marks the day of circumcision of a little Jewish boy named Jesus just eight days after his birth according to Jewish custom.
In fact, for years January 1 on the Catholic calendar was marked as the Feast of the Circumcision. As a guy I always wondered why such a day would be marked as a feast day.
Anyway, a few years back the Church changed January 1 from the Feast of the Circumcision to the Solemnity of Mary. I suspect this was done by Pope John Paul the Great who devoted his life to Mary, the Mother of God.

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