Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

Monica on January 1st, 2016 | 26 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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26 thoughts on “Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

  1. The wine ran out, and Jesus’s mother…Instructed those waiting on table, “do whatever he tells you.” —Jan 2:3-5

    Reflection let Mary never be far from your lips Or your heart. And to obtain the fruit of her prayers, Do not forget the example of her life.
    With her support, you will never fall. Under her protection, you will never fear. Under her guidance, you will never tire. And with her help, you will reach your heavenly goal.
    ——St. Bernard
    Prayer. Heavenly Father,Keep me close to your fairest daughter Mary all my life. Help me to reach Jesus through Mary.

  2. On this First Day of the Year, Our Blessed Mother ushers into our lives the gift of blessedness, which defines her in every generation. When we come to her Eucharistic Son, may each beatitude be fulfilled as a foreshadowing of the hope that is to come. May eternal Love distract us from the currents of fear in our midst.

  3. Happy new year to all and a special thank you to divine office for having this app.. I use this when i travel cause I have the large print books.. I pray this year my be the most blessed year of our life spending each moment with our Lord and Mary and Joseph. Gods Peace

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