Twelve Days of Christmas : Day 7

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 seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Swans a Swimming.

The 7 swans can represent two different things – The seven sacraments as understood by the Catholic Church or the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in the book of Isaiah but the list is attributed to early church authors who used Hebrew, Greek and Latin to interpret the scriptures.

They are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and awe (fear) of the Lord.

Another list of 7 gifts from the New Testament include Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

As we continue through this series of reflections in what must be one of the most difficult Christmas seasons in centuries, perhaps it is worth taking some time to ask ourselves how we are engaging with these ‘gifts’.

Seventh day of Christmas – December 31 : REFLECT

New Year’s Eve is more often associated with parties but as we are unable to celebrate with friends this year, let’s take the opportunity to reflect. This has been a tough year – it’s worth reflecting on the sorrows and celebrations and everything in between. You may like to read back through a diary or journal. You might like to create a piece of artwork that depicts the highs and lows of the year. (adapted from

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