Twelve Days of Christmas : Day 9

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 ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Ladies Dancing.

The nine ladies dancing represent the 9 fruits of the spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23New English Translation

If you’d like to pray the fruits of the spirit into your life this new year then you can use the following prayer. I like to think of these fruits as a dance – the dance of life.

Creator God, please grow in me a deep love for You and a selfless love for my family and for those I meet each day. Please grow in me a joyful spirit so that I can rejoice and give praise at all times. Please fill me with Your perfect peace that passes understanding and which guards my heart and mind. Grow in me the ability to trust You rather than to worry and fret. Please grow in me the grace to be patient and to wait on You. Help
me to endure hardships calmly and without complaining. Please grow in me a generous and compassionate attitude that is always looking to help others. Please grow in me integrity and uprightness that I might glorify You. Please grow in me the grace to be faithful to You and not to doubt
Your love and turn away. Please also grow in me the grace to be faithful in
all my other relationships. Please grow in me a gentle and gracious attitude toward others. Please grow in me self-control and discipline. Help me not to be indulgent in any area of my life.

Ninth day of Christmas – January 2 : RENEW

“Always we begin again,” St. Benedict so wisely states in his Rule. The arrival of Christ in human form is a new beginning, and each year offers a new beginning too. Traditionally, we’re prompted to set New Year’s Resolutions, but what if, instead, we committed to New Year Renewals, returning again to what we know brings us light and life? Led by your word for the year and inspired by the Incarnation, consider which commitments and practices you would like to renew in the new year, and invite those around you to do the same. (adapted from

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