Happy Sixth Day of Christmas! A few thoughts reminding us to celebrate Christmas in the remaining days that follow this wonderful Feast!
– by Mary Reed Newland in The Year and Our Children.
On the twelve days of Christmas my true love sent to me the feast of St. Stephen and the story of King Wenceslaus, the feasts of St. John the Evangelist and the Holy Innocents, the feasts of the Circumcision and the Holy Name of Jesus, and the feast of the Epiphany. And on through the feast of the Holy Family and the commemoration of the Baptism of Christ.
If you are loath to bid farewell to Christmas even then, you may continue it without interruption until Candlemas Day, February 2. However you keep it, long or short, it is a far longer season for the Catholic child than the world understands.
For him festivity is not officially over with the last wrapping torn off the last gift, or the last nut retrieved from the last toe in the last stocking.
The Church would have us enjoy this season now that it is here, and celebrate the feasts that follow. In order to indulge exhausted parents already drained of their grandest efforts for Christmas, try keeping Christmas-week feast days simply, using Christmas treats for desserts, and storytelling, reading aloud, and charades for entertainments.
A Prayer for the Sixth Day of Christmas
Eggs are an almost universal symbol of new life. The “laying” geese, therefore, stand for the six days of creation (Gen. 1:31-2:2).
A Prayer for the Sixth Day of Christmas, based on the prayer “His Priorities” in The Power of a Praying Wife:
Dear Blessed Mother, you are my example and my inspiration. Please help me to seek Our Lord first in everything I do. Please help me, as this New Year sets in, to set my priorities in perfect order.
Please help me to love my husband and put him before the other people and things in my life….before my children, my work, family, friends, activities and hobbies.
Please help me to strengthen the bond with him and let him know that he is a priority in my life. Please heal the the times I have caused my husband to doubt this.
Please show me how to prioritize everything so that whatever steals life away, or has no lasting purpose, I will have the grace to eradicate from my life.
I pray for my husband – that his priorities will be in perfect order, also. May he make you the King of his heart more each day. May he simplify his life so he will be able to place You first.
Please help him, also, to place me and our children in greater importance than his career, his friends and his activities.
May we both seek you FIRST and submit our all to You. When we do this, Lord, I know that the other pieces of our lives will fit together perfectly.
Happy Sixth Day of Christmas! 💝❄️ Be kind to those who cross your path. If someone you meet today is cross or rude, if someone makes a mistake or shows contempt, give them the benefit of the doubt. You never know what is going on inside a person or what they are going through. Offer it up for that person. It is the most loving thing you can do. -Finer Femininity
The Catholic Church is a Church of Martyrs: Homily on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Fr speaks about the Christmas song “the 12 days of Christmas” & the meaning behind the carol.
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