The Twelve Days of Christmas are an ideal time to reflect on the life of the Holy Family, as revealed in the New Testament. Amid the hustle and bustle of the festive season, here you can take a moment each day to reflect on an aspect of the early life of Christ.
As Pope Francis reminds us: “There was a time in which, in the divine-human Person of Christ, God was a child, and this must hold a particular significance for our faith. It is true that his death on the cross and his Resurrection are the highest expressions of his redeeming love, however let us not forget that the whole of his earthly life is revelation and teaching. In the Christmas season we remember his childhood. In order to grow in faith we will need to contemplate the Child Jesus more often.” (General Audience, Wednesday, 30 December 2015)
Accordingly, below you’ll find a series of images related to the childhood of Christ, linked to the various feasts that are celebrated during The Twelve Days of Christmas. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
|1.||The Nativity||25 December|
|2.||The Feast of St Stephen||26 December|
|3.||The Feast of St John the Evangelist||27 December|
|4.||The Feast of the Holy Innocents||28 December|
|5.||The Flight into Egypt||29 December|
|6.||The Feast of the Holy Family||30 December|
|7.||St Joseph and the Christ Child||31 December|
|8.||Mary, the Holy Mother of God||1 January|
|9.||The Childhood of Christ||2 January|
|10.||The Most Holy Name of Jesus||3 January|
|11.||Christ among the Doctors||4 January|
|12.||The Magi arrive in Jerusalem||5 January|