when He was circumcised,
He was called Jesus,
the name given by the angel
before He was conceived in the womb.
Luke 2:21 (ESV)
Occasionally the Church celebrates in real time. We read Luke 2:1-20 during the Christmas celebrations between sundowns on Dec. 24 and 25. Eight days later, just as the scripture says, we read Luke 2:21. It is easy to confuse this celebration with Simeon and Anna in the temple. Those who follow the 3-year lectionary heard about them this past Sunday. The text in Luke is clear that these are separate events. Luke 2:21 begins, "At the end of eight days..." and Luke 2:22 begins, "And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses..."
Where circumcision took place on the eighth day, the purification took place on the 40th day, according to the Law of Moses.
Some hymns combine the Name of Jesus and the New Year celebration.
In Lutheran Service Book we have my favorite hymn for this day, "Now Greet the Swiftly Changing Year."
The appointed hymn for this day is "Jesus, Name of Wondrous Love." The difference between this hymn and the popular song, "Jesus, Name Above All Names" is that this text tells you more about Jesus than just His names. If your goal is simply to learn the different names for Jesus, the popular song will suffice quite nicely. If your goal is to learn more about Jesus than His different names, this hymn is better suited for that purpose.
You can catch the tune here. Once you get there, click on the title of the hymn.
Another appropriate hymn that bridges the gap between the New Year and the Name of Jesus is the hymn "At the Name of Jesus." The hymn looks forward to Christ's return and proclaims the power of the name of Jesus.
This is not the same tune as in Lutheran Service Book, but the text is stanzas 1, 5, and 6 (slightly altered).
The tune in LSB "King's Weston."
Here is the "Fantasia on King's Weston." You get King's Weston plus a medley of other tunes, including
- If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee
- O Sacred Head Now Wounded
HiFiHymnal.org has an organ arrangement for your listening enjoyment.