Tuesday, February 18, 2020 UTC

JAN 1: FEAST OF THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD, GOD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST & FEAST OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT (SOLEMN HOLY DAY)

icon-of-the-circumcision-of-jesus JAN 1: DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASIL – 11:00 AM.

On January 1st each year, we commemorate The Circumcision of Our Lord, eight days after the Nativity. Jesus was circumcised and named on this day, in keeping with the Law of Moses and signifies that He is the fullness and the completion of the Old Covenant. . “When the eighth day arrived for his circumcision, the name Jesus was given the child, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.”  (Luke 2:21).  During this feast, we also recall the childhood of our Lord, the “hidden years” from his infancy until the beginning of his public ministry.

On January 1st, we also commemorates the anniversary of the death of Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea. He was one of the most distinguished of the Doctors (teachers) of the Church. Chosen bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, he was a tireless preacher, champion of orthodox theology against the Arian heresy, a writer of theological works, and a monastic legislator whose “rules” of monastic life are still followed throughout the Christian East. He is credited with an Anaphora (Eucharistic prayer) which is a masterpiece of theology and devotion, recounting the entire history of salvation. This Liturgy of Saint Basil is used on the great baptismal feasts, on the Sundays of the Fast, and on this, his feast day.