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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The First Day of Christmas: December 25 - The Nativity of our Lord

This begins a series of brief posts modeled on the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" but reflecting on the gifts of God during this season, based on the Eucharist readings for those days, be they major feasts, lesser feasts, or ferial (i.e. "regular") days. Not everyone realizes that the twelve days of Christmas, rather than beginning twelve days prior to the 25th and culminating on that day, actually start on Christmas Day and go through the eve of the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night. (The Epiphany, January 6, celebrates the arrival of the "wise men from the east" who bring elegant gifts to the young Jesus.) 

On the first day of Christmas, God’s true Love gave to me….

…Salvation wrapped in swaddling band,
Divine encased in human flesh,
Truth made plain for every land,
Our redemption comes afresh
On view in abject poverty
While angels sang above,
“To God on high be glory!”
God’s priceless Gift of Love.

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