December 26, 2017 – 1st Day of Christmas
Acts of the Apostles 6: … 7:59 – Psalm 31 – Matthew 10:17:22)
“The 12 DAYSY’S OF CHRISTMAS”
Even though the above title is familiar to most of us it really does hove it’s origins in history. The 12 Days really represent the span of days from Christmas to Epiphany. Even though it was originated by the Church it became more popular when a song was introduced early In the last century. I think it was a way to keep people focused on the solemnity of the Feast of the Birth of Christ rather than to get caught up in fantasies from the common folk. And, as the Church has done down through the ages, the locals took it upon themselves to make the time after Christmas still have meaning by a subtle song that gave some liturgical sense to each day after Christmas in order to let the local folks know that the Solemnity of Christmas was meant to change their lives and draw them more completely into the day-to-day life of the Catholic Church. The song. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was a way to keep Catholics focused on the entire Christmas Season.
Your “homework” today is to look up the song and see if you can catch the hidden meaning of the words. We’ll come back to this tomorrow. Meanwhile don’t let Christmas just fade way without your trying to see that the Church wants us to stay with it until the Solemnity of Epiphany.