Twelve Days of Christmas : Day 12

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 twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Drummers Drumming.

The 12 Drummers represent the 12 articles of the Apostles Creed.

I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

Under Pontius Pilate, He was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The apostles creed is used in various forms by a majority of Christian denominations as a statement of belief. In a post-truth world it can be positive to reflect on what we believe or what our faith means.

For me personally, the creed is increasingly unsettling as I seek to understand the breadth of God’s love and grace for all. It does succinctly state Biblical truths that many Christians believe, but for me it simplifies a faith that guides me through a complicated and complex world. I will be exploring a ‘framework of complexity’ more during 2021 and pondering how that might affect how we live out our faith in The Divine, however we define it.

Twelfth day of Christmas – January 5 : FOLLOW

In many ancient traditions, the day began at sundown, and so while the Feast of Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, it actually begins on January 5, or the “twelfth night” of Christmas, as it was celebrated in Medieval times. As the twelve days of the Christmas season come to a close, we remember the three wise men, true Seekers of the Sacred who, unlike many others during that time, knew the Divine when they saw it. A capstone celebration, the twelfth day of Christmas is the perfect time to gather together for one last hurrah through traditions both old and new: blessing the house by chalking the door, enjoying King Cake in honour of the wise men, and sharing our hopes for the year with others—the stars that will guide us and the light that we carry into the season to come. (adapted from https://www.asacredjourney.net/12-days-of-christmas)

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