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“Circumcised in His Spotless Flesh”: The Collect for the Circumcision of Christ

New Year’s Day traditionally coincides with the commemoration of the circumcision of the infant Christ, in whom “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” on his eighth day, as recorded by Luke. Below is the Collect for that occasion from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States.

(One of the suggested readings is my favorite Psalm, Psalm 90.)

(Another is Colossians 2.8-17, quoted above.)

The Circumcision of Christ–New Year’s Day


ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, by whose will thy well-beloved Son, the Savior of the world, was circumcised in his spotless flesh, to put honor on the law which He had come to fulfill; grant unto us, we beseech Thee, the true circumcision of the spirit, whereby being inwardly purged from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may offer ourselves unto Thee a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable through Jesus Christ: to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

By E.J. Hutchinson

E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.