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Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Celebration 8th Day of Great Feast of the Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

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Preparating - 40 Days

Fast TraditionalFast Modern
1st Day40th Day1st Day15th Day
15 Nov.24 Dec.10 Dec.24 Dec.

Celebrating - 40 Days

Feast
Nativity
Feast
Circumcision
Feast
Hypapanty
1st Day8th Day40th Day
25 Dec.1 Jan.2 Feb.

 

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Circum-
cision
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Jesus
Christ
submitted
to
Mosaic
Law.
Jesus
Christ
is
named
Jesus
Christ's
Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21,
40-52
1
Jan.
Feast
Class
3

1 January - Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ celebrates:

  • Naming of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
  • Circumcision of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ submitted to the Mosaic Law on the eighth day after His Nativity According to the Flesh. The Mosaic Law included Naming and Circumcision.

Naming

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ received the Hebrew name "Y'shu". "Y'shu" is a shorten form of the word "Yehoshua", which means "Yahweh saves" or "God saves" or "Savior".
This name is also spelled as "Y'shua", "Yeshua"and "Joshua".
"Y'shu" became "Iêsous" in the Greek translated form, which became "Iesus" in the Latinized form, which became "Jesus" in the Anglicized form, and became "Yasou" in the Arabic Anglicized form.
At other times, in Jewish history, "Y'shu" meant "Yahweh helps".

"Jesus" is the name that angels told The Theotokos and Holy and Just Man Joseph, spouse of Theotokos, to name the baby.

The Archangel Gabriel told The Theotokos:
Luke, Chapter 1, verse 26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 "Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, 33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" 35 And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God." 38 Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your Word." Then, the angel departed from her.

An angel told Holy and Just Man Joseph, spouse of Theotokos:
Matthew, Chapter 2, verse 18 Now this is how the Birth of Jesus Dhrist came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. 20 Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. 21 She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 A11 this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us."

"Jesus Christ"

The phrase "Jesus Christ" is use for Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The phrase "Jesus Christ" is composed of a name, "Jesus", which is followed by a title, "Christ".

The Hebrew name "Y'shu" and the Hebrew title "Mashiah" or "Masiah" became the phrase "Iêsous ho Christos" or "Iêsous ho Kristos" in the Greek translated form in the books of the New Testament. The word "ho" means "the" as The Only or The One. This phrase means "Jesus the Messiah" or "Jesus the Annointed" or "Jesus the Annointed One".
This phrase became "Iesus Christus" in the Latinized form and then "Jesus Christ" in the Anglicization form and became "Yasou el-Maseeh" in the Arabic Anglicized form. The word "al" or "el" means "the" as The Only or The One. The phrase "al-Masiih" or "el-Maseeh" means "The Messiah".
Also, the Hebrew title "Mashiah" or "Masiah" became "Messiah" in the Anglicized form and became "al-Masiih" or "el-Maseeh" in the Arabic Anglicized form.

The word "Jesus" is a name.
The word "Jesus" is the name that Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ received on the eighth day after His Nativity According to the Flesh in accordance with Mosaic Law.
"Jesus" is the name that angels told The Theotokos and Holy and Just Man Joseph, spouse of Theotokos, to name the baby.

The word "Christ" is a title.
The word "Christ" is the anglicized form of the Greek translation "Christos" or "Kristos" of the Hebrew title "Mashiah" or "Masiah". "Mashiah" or "Masiah" means "Annointed" or "Annointed One". The title "Mashiah" or "Masiah" refers to the annointing ceremony in which a person becomes the king. In the annointing, the person becomes sacred and untouchable.
The words written in Greek, transliteration, Latinized, Anglicized, and Arabic Anglicized .
The Hebrew title "Mashiah" or "Masiah" became "Christos" or "Kristos" in the Greek translated form, which became "Christus" in the Latinized form, which became "Christ" in the Anglicized form, and became "al-Masiih" or "el-Maseeh" in the Arabic Anglicized form. The word "al" or "el" means "the" as The Only or The One. The phrase "al-Masiih" or "el-Maseeh" means "The Messiah".
The Hebrew word "Mashiah" or "Masiah" became "Messiah" in the Anglicized form and became "al-Masiih" or "el-Maseeh" in the Arabic Anglicized form.
In the books of the New Testament which are written in Greek, the phrase "Iêsous ho Christos" or "Iêsous ho Kristos" is used. The word "ho" means "the" as The Only or The One. This phrase translates as "Jesus the Messiah" or "Jesus the Annointed" or "Jesus the Annointed One".

Apostolos

Col. 2:8-12

Gospel

Lk. 2:20-21 and 40-52

Eparch Cyril Salim Bustros 's Letter, Melkite Greek Catholic, Church Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

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Preparation
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
Nativity
(1st Day
Nativity)
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
25 Dec.Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
The Circumcision
(Eighth Day
Celebration)
Jesus
Christ's

Circum-
cision.
1 Jan.Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21
40-52

 

 

Celebration
DayCommemorateDateDay of
Cele-
bration
ApostolosGospel
Nativity
24
Evening
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
24 pm1Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Nativity
25
Morning
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
25 am1Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Second Day
Celebration
Synaxis of
The Theotokos

Holy
Hieromartyr
Euthymius,
Archbishop
Sardica
262Heb.
2:11-18
Mt.
2:13-23
Saturday
after
Nativity
 Between
26 and 31
 1 Tim.
6:11b-16
Mt.
12:15a-21
Sunday
after
Nativity
Holy and
Just Man
Joseph,
spouse
Theotokos;

James,
brother
Lord;

David,
King
and Prophet
Between
26 and 31
 Gal.
1:11-19
Mt.
2:13-23
Third Day
Celebration
Protomartyer
and
Archdeacon
Stephen;

Holy
Father
Theodore
Confessor
273Acts
6:8-7:5a,
47-50
Mt.
21:33-42
Fourth Day
Celebration
Holy Martyrs
Nicomedia
284James
3:1-10
Mk.
11:11-23
Fifth Day
Celebration
Holy Innocents;

our Holy Father
Marcellus,
Abbot
Monastery
Acemetes
2951 Tim.
6:11b-16
Mt.
12:15a-21
Sixth Day
Celebration
Holy Martyr
Anysia;

Holy Zoticus,
Feeder
Orphans
306Heb.
2:2-10
Jn.
5:17-24
Leave
taking
Venerable
Melany/Melania
Roman
317Acts.
19:1-18
Jn.
5:24-30
CircumcisionJesus
Christ's

Circum-
cision.
1 Jan.8Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21
40-52
Paramony
Theophany
Holy Martyrs
Theopemptus
and theonas;

our Venerable
Mother
Syncletica
5 Jan.121 Tim.
3:13-4:5
1 Cor.
9:16-27
Mt.
3:1-6
Lk:3:1-18
Holy TheophanyJesus
Christ's

baptism
6 Jan.13Gal.
4:4-7
Titus
2:11-14
3:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
Mt.
3:13-17
Second Day
Celebration
Synaxis of
Prophet and
Glorious
Forerunner
John the
Baptist
7 Jan.14Acts
19:1-8
Jn.
1:29-34
Preparation
Holy
Hypapanty
Holy Martyr
Tryphon
1 Feb.39Rom.
8:23-39
Lk.
10:19-21
Holy
Hypapanty

40th Day
Celebration
Nativity
Jesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.
2 Feb.40Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40

 

 

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Annun-
ciation
of
Theotokos
Ever
Virgin Mary
Jesus
Christ's

conception
in
human
form
Incar-
nation.
Future
Theotokos'
accepting
Holy God's will
saying yes
to Holy God.
Holy God
becomes
human
Incar-
nation.
Beginning
of process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
2:11-18
Lk.
1:24-38
25
March
Great
Feast
Class
2
Nativity
According
to Flesh
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
Jesus
Christ
being born
in human
form.
Messiah
is born.
Jesus
Christ's
birthday.
Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
25
Dec.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Circum-
cision
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Jesus
Christ
submitted
to
Mosaic
Law.
Jesus
Christ
is
named
Jesus
Christ's
Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21,
40-52
1
Jan.
Feast
Class
3
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Holy
Theophany
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

baptism
Holy
Prophet
and
Glorious
Fore-
runner
John Baptist

baptizing
Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
in
River
Jordan.
ºAs an
adult,
Jesus
Christ
shows
His
people
that He
is Holy God
(manifestation
Jesus
Christ
to the world).

ºHoly God
shows
His
people
that Holy God
is a
Holy Trinity.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºHoly God
is a
Holy
Trinity
Tim.
2:11-14,
3:4-7
Mt.
3:13-17
6
Jan.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Transfig-
uration
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

transfig-
uration
Jesus
Christ
showing
His
disciples
"...as
much of
His glory
as they
could
behold...".
Jesus
Christ
is both
fully
Holy God
and
fully man.
ºReve-
lation
of glory
of
Holy God

ºConfir-
mation
of two
natures
of
Jesus
Christ
both
fully
Holy God
and
fully
human.
2
Pet.
1:10-19
Mt.
17:1-9
6
Aug.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Triumphal
Entry
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ into
Jerusalem
Holy and
Glorious
Palm Sun.
Shaneeneh
Jesus
Christ's

triumphal
entrance
into
Jerusalem.
Children
throwing
garments
into
Jesus
Christ's
path,
pulling down
branches
from olive
and palm
trees,
putting them
in the
road,
and
waving them
in air,
shouting
"Hosanna!
Blessed is
He
who
comes
in the
name
of the Lord!"
Jesus
Christ's
people
hailing Him
as Messiah.
Jesus
Christ
is
Messiah.
Phil.
4:4-9
John
12:1-18
7
days
before
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Great and
Holy Friday
Jesus
Christ's

death
in
human form
on
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ
dies on
Holy Cross
Holy God
redeems
our souls.
We have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
5:48-55
2
days
before
Pascha
Great
Holy
Fri.
Holy and
Glorious
Pascha
Jesus
Christ's

resurrection
in
human form
Jesus
Christ
rising
from dead
and giving
"eternal
life"
to good.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºOpening
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life"
ºJesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.

ºWe have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
Acts
1:1-9
John
1:1-17
1st
Sun.
after
1st
full
moon
after
03/20
Ear-
liest
is
03/22
latest
is
04/25.
Feasts
of
Feasts
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Exaltation
of Precious
and
Lifegiving
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ's

Holy Cross
is found.
ºSt Helena
finding
Holy Cross

ºRecovering
Holy Cross
from
Persians,
returning
It to
Jerusalem,
and
raising
It up
(exalting).
Holy Cross
is a sign
of glory
and victory.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over death.
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
19:6-11,
13-20,
25-28a,
30-35a
14
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
1

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