Most of us are familiar with the bragging song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”; however, there is a much deeper religious significance to marking the twelve days starting with Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day on December 26, St. John the Evangelist on December 27, Holy Innocents of Bethlehem on December 28, the Holy Name of Jesus on January 1, and culminating on January 6, the Epiphany, Adoration of the Magi.
Our commercially driven society has already forgotten the celebration of the birth of our Savior and has begun thrusting new celebrations with new things to buy onto our paths. After all, society began urging us to celebrate Christmas with purchases way back around Thanksgiving. Advent wasn’t even noted because it would have gotten in the way of Christmas buying. So naturally, it’s time to forge ahead, forget about the birth of the Savior – that’s done and finished. You know, it isn’t the Church that has gotten it wrong. Take time during the remainder of these twelve days of Christmas and ponder the wonderful mystery hidden for so long but now made known. Truly celebrate the Twelve Days!
Fr. Al Jewson
Rector's Corner posts written by Pastor Rebecca.