Merry First Day of Christmas

Monica on January 10th, 2017 | 4 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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4 thoughts on “Merry First Day of Christmas

  1. 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.

  2. 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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