Merry First Day of Christmas

Monica on January 10th, 2017 | 19 comments

Merry First Day of Christmas!

Dear community,

Here begins a series of small articles inspired by the theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” the English Christmas carol that enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas.
We intent them to be small gifts from us to all of you.

The First Day of Christmas ~ A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The carol goes:
“On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree”

We imagine that the “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girl but our Lord Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day!
The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

Merry First Day of Christmas
We love you all!

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19 thoughts on “Merry First Day of Christmas

  1. With immense gratitude, THANK YOU Divine Office for keeping me GOD centered. Continued success in your efforts. Merry Christmas.

    May the name of JESUS CHRIST be Praised.

    Always ~ David……

  2. The first day of our Christmas season of the joy God is with us as we journey into the new year of new beginnings. As we continue to look in anticipation singing songs and.praise to our savior for his beautiful gift of life to us ever mindful of the grace and mercy of God the Father, and to our most beautiful and loving advocate mother Mary. A loving mother full of grace. I give a most heartfelt thanks for being part of the universal family. Jesus I love you and all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Merry Christmas day 1 and days 2-12. May we all grow deeper in our love for God and each other and look with awe and wonder for our Epiphany in Christ so we may be infused with the actions of the Holy Spirit. PAX CHRISTI

  3. Thank you all very much, I really appreciate everything that you do for us here on this site. thanks to you we are all able to enjoy the devotions on these pages . ” Free to worship every day of our lives. ” God Bless , love, Patrick

  4. I am so happy that Christmas is coming! Thank you all at; you have helped me immensely in my prayer life this Advent. May God bless you all.

  5. Merry Christmas Monica and all the great people and members of the Divine Office. I’d like to change the account I’m sending my monthly donation. How do I do this? Thanks, take care and God bless.

  6. 4 Nov 2017 Being a convert and the years since my baptism in 1965, the good Lord has lead me all the time. Am very blessed and now with the coming Christmas 2017. with prayer and thanksgiving to God and the Divine Office community, I shall be more clear with how all of you prepare both in the home and spiritually. Thank you !

  7. Well, the last blog was months ago. Time to update? We are now in the season of Lent. To all who come to the Divine Office to Pray….might I ask you (and many of you already do) pray for the poor souls in Purgatory! Eternal Rest Grant Unto them, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

  8. Even though Christmas is over, I’m still reliving it in my mind. I think of how long the Israelites waited for the Messiah to come; how sad that they did not recognize the time of their visitation. Some did, though, and recognized him for who He is. Those closest to Him, the Apostles, certainly saw many of the miracles Jesus performed, especially Peter, James, and John. Sometimes, I wish I could have been an invisible presence in the Upper Room where they prayed together, or in the Mount of Olives, or how about Mount Tabor, where the Transfiguration took place! I pray for those who still don’t recognize Him, or those who don’t understand His teachings. I pray for their conversion, that they will allow Jesus to come into their hearts, to change them into something beautiful. Amen.

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