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Christ’s Circumcision

I’ve had a request to repost something I had written yesterday on Christ’s Circumcision.  I’m happy to oblige.  Pass it along, if it’s helpful.

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Italian Renaissance artist, Andrea Mantegna.  The Circumcision of Christ.  1460-1464

Happy New Year and Feast of the Mother of God!  And, the lesser known, Feast of Christ’s Circumcision!

As we were driving to Mass yesterday and listening to Catholic Radio, we came upon an interesting program, which is aired every Sunday.  It’s Called Light of the East, and is hosted by a Byzantine Catholic priest named Fr. Thomas Loya.

Yesterday he spoke about Christ’s Circumcision, and it was fascinating.  I’ve never stopped to think about why this particular event in Christ’s life might be a holy day.  And a holy day with a lot of history.

For example, did you know that many artists, when painting a crucified Christ, will intentionally trickle his blood from his lance (heart) wound to his groin area, connecting his passion with his circumcision?  Because Christ’s passion begins with that shedding of his blood first?

Of course he speaks of the connection between Circumcision and Baptism, but then he speaks of the nuptial meaning of it all – life and love coming from pain and sacrifice.  And if you choose to circumcise your boys, it is meant to serve as an everlasting bond with Christ and a reminder for your boys that they’ll have to die to themselves as Christ did, either for the Church or for a wife.

If you find any of that interesting, and there’s a lot more, you may listen to Fr. Loya’s half hour podcast by clicking below.

Light of the East – Christ’s Circumcision