Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Tuesday

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Read: Exodus 34:1-8, Psalm 8, Philippians 2:5-11, and Luke 2:15-21

The key verse is the final verse: “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.”

The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus falls on the eighth day of Christmas.  It commemorates Jesus’ circumcision and naming, which in Jewish tradition happened on the same day.  It has been celebrated, in one form or another, since the early- to mid-fifteenth century.  Since it falls during Christmastide, the color is white or gold.
St. Paul wrote that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Perhaps this is why most Christians bow their heads in respect when the name of Jesus is mentioned in Church.

Take some time to praise Jesus.  Don’t ask for anything just yet – let that come later.  Just focus on praising him.  You may find the following prayer helpful:

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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