Twelve Days of Christmas : Day 4

Unto us a Child is born.
Come let us adore him.  

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory.

O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully reflect on Christ’s story and how it relates to our own.  Amen.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Calling Birds.

The four birds represent the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Not all 4 begin with the Christmas story but they do go on to share many tales of the life of Christ. My favourite is John, as this version is all about the mystery of the divine, the awe and wonder. It talks a lot about ‘signs’ and is full of metaphors.

As a side note, the original song (before it’s re-release in 1909) called them ‘Colly Birds’ which apparently (to cut a long story short) means blackbirds. This would continue the theme from the first three days of the lyrics being about birds they used to eat. Head back for tomorrows exciting episode when you can discover that 5 golden rings are probably birds too…

Fourth day of Christmas – December 28 : REMEMBER

Set apart from the previous three days, the Commemoration of the Holy Innocents is more somber in tone as we remember the innocent children slain by King Herod in his attempts to find the Christ child. In the midst of our feasting and celebration, the Commemoration of the Holy Innocents offers an opportunity to remember the innocent and marginalised who still live in the shadows and calls us to action as we bring their stories into the light.  (adapted from

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