The feast traditionally kept on 1 Jan., the 8th day of Christmas, in commemoration of Christ's circumcision. The observance dates from the mid-6th cent. Since it is recorded that when He was circumcised, the Lord was given the name Jesus (Lk. 2: 22), many modern Anglican liturgies call the feast the Naming of Jesus. In the RC Church 1 Jan. is now called the ‘Solemnity of Holy Mary, the Mother of God’.