The Gift of Faith at The Epiphany

This weekend, our faith community celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord. While this blessed solemnity celebrates the Magi’s adoration of Jesus, it also serves as the conclusion of the 12 days of Christmas (December 25 – January 5). These twelve days were also the source of a catchy, yet illogical song. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was published in 1780 during a time of religious persecution. It began as a sort of chant to help young Catholics in England learn the tenets of their faith. Interestingly, each of the items in the song had a veiled meaning. They are as follows:

1 Partridge in a Pear Tree=Jesus Christ;

2 Turtle Doves=The Old and New Testaments;

3 French Hens=the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity;

4 Calling Birds=the Four Gospels written by the Four Evangelists;

5 Golden Rings=designates the first five books of the Old Testament (The Pentateuch);

6 Geese-A-Laying=the six days of creation;

7 Swans-A-Swimming=the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the seven sacraments;

8 Maids-a-Milking=the eight Beatitudes;

9 Ladies Dancing=the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit;

10 Lords-A-leaping=the Ten Commandments;

11 Pipers Piping=the eleven faithful Apostles (excluding Judas);

12 Drummers Drumming=the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed.

This blessed day serves as a reminder that all we offer to others should be done so in the name of Christ. To this point, our students were asked what they would give this year if they could give something special to someone for Christmas. Thus, I thought you might enjoy reading the list of items that St. Agnes would give during their 12 Days of Christmas:

I would like to give someone a bit of Christmas joy through the gift of a song.”

(Madison Paradella: 8th)

I would give happy faces to my Mommy and Daddy.”

(Jamie Poliseo: PreK 3)

I would like to give Jesus a flower.”

(Jacob Jones: 1st)

I would like to give a smile to someone because smiles make people happy.”

(Katie Dunn: 6th)

I would like to help someone learn to read.”

(Farhana Ritter: 2nd)

I would bring a smile to someone by making them laugh.”

(Christian Smith: 8th)

I would give hugs to everyone I see because I love everyone.”

(Ebba Tesemma: PreK 4)

I would like to give love to everyone I meet.”

(Andrew Castro: Kindergarten)

I would like to give my Mom and Dad 1000 hugs!”

(Alec Riddick: 2nd)

I would like to make a handmade personal card to someone I know.”

(Donovan Abron: 8th)

Give umbrellas to people in the rain.”

(Kamden Massey: PreK 4)

I would like to give someone a blessing because it connects you with God.”

(Elizabeth Woodbine: 6th)

At St. Agnes, our students learn the tenets of our faith, as well as our Christian calling to give of themselves in a way that honors the enduring love of God. Happy Epiphany!

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