on the eighth day of Christmas (January 1, 2018, The Feast of the Holy Name), my True Love gave to me the gift of identity

Note: These prayers, one for each day of the twelve-day Christmas season, in which my True Love is God, follow the pattern of that well-known 18th century English carol with a number of the days illumined by the observances of the Church calendar.

O gracious God, Your Son, following the tradition of his people and of his time, on the eighth day after his birth was circumcised and given his name, Jesus, meaning “God saves”,(1) that defined his life’s destiny.

By Your Spirit, may I, marked in baptism as Christ’s own, alway know who I am and whose I am in You.



(1) Luke 2.21

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