Merry Fifth Day of Christmas

Monica on December 28th, 2015 | 14 comments

Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!

The “five golden rings” represent the first five books of the Old Testament called the Torah or the Pentateuch (and generally considered the most sacred and important of all the Old Testament): 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

The Fifth Day of the Christmas season, December 29th, marks the feast of another martyr, St. Thomas à Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, who was killed because he refused to give in to King Henry II who defied the Church of Rome. As another Thomas (St. Thomas More) put it who defied another Henry (Henry VIII) some centuries later, he died “the king’s good servant, but God’s first.” Here is another all-too-relevant example of someone willing to bear the price of fidelity to his faith.

Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!
We love you all.

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14 thoughts on “Merry Fifth Day of Christmas

  1. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. From now on a Merited crown awaits me.
    ——2 Tm 4:7

    Reflection. Remember how the crown was attained by those whose sufferings gave new radiance to their faith.
    The whole company of saints bears witness to the unfailing truth that without Genuine effort no one wins the crown.
    —-St. Thomas Becket

    Prayer. Lord of glory, help me to attain the crown of glory you hold out to me. Grant me the grace to make a continuous and dedicated effort to lead a good life until the very end.

  2. This site continues to be a source of strength for me in my personal prayer life, although it’s also comforting to know I’m praying with the whole Church. Can’t wait to have an app available!

  3. Wishing everyone a blessed NewYear! BTW, if you wish to thank Katherine Lundquist for her beautiful renditions, simply click on her name and it will take you to her web site.

  4. Thanks to all of you for your comments. It reminds me that when I pray this liturgy I am not alone I am joining all of you in prayer and our faith community is alive and vibrant.

  5. Thank you I for this site!!!! It is the first site I visit every morning and Iuse it to pray with “you all”I’m community. Praise God for your work.

  6. I am very thankful for this site. My first community where I learned to pray morning prayer was in Derry, NH with the Franciscan Friars, The second community, again with the Friars, was Manchester, NH. Now I am not near any community and I appreciate and am thankful that I am able to pray with this group..Thank you so much for all that you do..

  7. It is such a blessing to have this site, The Divine Office,. being able to log on and say these beautiful prayers and psalms knowing that I am joining fellow believers in this act of adoration to our loving God. I want to shout it from the rooftops. Hallelujia

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