Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

Monica on January 1st, 2016 | 10 comments

Merry Eighth Day of Christmas (and Happy New Year to all!)

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…..Eight maids a-milking.
From a literal sense milk was a luxury in the 15th and 16th century because with no refrigeration it would spoil quickly.
So milk, in and of itself, was a generous gift.
The eight maids a-milking represent the Eight Beatitudes, a wonderful and generous gift to Christians everywhere.
Jesus promises us happiness. In fact the word “blessed” means “happy.” The Beatitudes are at the core of Christ’s teaching.
They fulfill the promise made to the Jewish people by pointing beyond earthly happiness to the eternal happiness of heaven.
The reward promised in each of the Beatitudes is primarily heaven.

* Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
* Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
* Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
* Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
* Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
* Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
* Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
* Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We love the Beatitudes so the Eighth Day has so much to offer us all.
Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!
We love you!

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10 thoughts on “Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

  1. Happy Octave and Happy New Year!!!
    May this ministry and those who work to keep it going with your time and contribution, continue to be richly blessed. God’s love and peace be with us all in 2017.
    Thanks for helping me with the daily food of prayers. – Divine Office.

  2. Thank you so much for making it possible for those of us who sometimes find it difficult to read to still take part in the Liturgy of the Hours. May many blessings come your way during this year of 2017.

  3. Happy New Year ! Thank you for this wonderful ministry. You are blessing many souls each day. I love to hear the bells ring as I am in Kazakhstan and you do not hear church bells ring.

    • Oh – I have never thought about what it might be like to live without bells ringing or without things that bring us us and life. Your comment moves me to be thankful for all God’s blessings. I offer for you peace and joy from half-way around the world. it is a pleasure to pray with you.. Deacon Jim

  4. Happy New Year to all, may 2017 bring peace and blessings to everyone!!! Thankful and grateful for this ministry and 2016, may God’s love continue to be with us all always.

  5. Happy New Year and may Jesus continually shine through your precious ministry in 2017. The Divine Office is a staple of my life and I am so assisted by this online resource, especially when I find it hard to read and focus. Thank you dear friends.

  6. Happy New Year to all of you who make possible that we can have access to the Liturgy of the Hours online.
    May God bless you forever!
    Alina

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