The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a
festive Christian season celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ. In most
Western ecclesiastical traditions, "Christmas Day" is considered the
"First Day of Christmas" and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5
January, inclusive. For many Christian denominations; for example, the Anglican
Communion and Lutheran Church, the Twelve Days are identical to Christmastide.
December 28, 2017
Today, the Church celebrates the memory of the small children of the neighborhood of Bethlehem put to death by Herod. Our Christmas joy is tempered today by a feeling of sadness. But the Church looks principally to the glory of the children, of these innocent victims, whom she shows us in heaven following the Lamb wherever He goes.
January 1, 2018
Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, commemorates the naming of the child Jesus; as Luke 22:21 states that, "at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb."