Short Lives of the Saints: The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ

“After eight days were accomplished that the child should be circumcised: his name was called Jesus, which was called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” – Saint Luke 2:21

Under the knife of Circumcision lies
  The little Lamb divine,
The Precious Blood the swathing-linen dyes;
  And drops, like rubies, shine
On Mary’s veil; but she and Joseph dear,
  With strange delight, the name of Jesus hear.
My gentle friend, upon thy fair New Year,
  As on the linen white,
The Precious Blood is shining – oh! revere
  Those drops with strange delight;
And may the name of Jesus consecrate
  Each thought and word and work that on it wait!

– Eleanor C. Donnelly

Favorite Practice – A tender devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

– from Short Lives of the Saints by Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly, 1910