By Fr. Joseph, O.P.
With Fr. John Mark Solitario, O.P.
Q. So apparently there really are “12 Days of Christmas” recognized by the Church. How do Catholic families celebrate the other eleven days after December 25th?
Fr. John Mark: Yes, if you count the days from Christmas until the traditional date for Epiphany (Jan 6), there are indeed twelve days! This reminds us of the time leading up to Jesus’ circumcision and naming on the eighth day after his birth (cf. Lk 2:21), in addition to the time it took for the Magi to arrive before Herod began his dreadful persecution. The readings at Mass during these twelve days take on a variety of subjects as the Church peacefully gazes upon the Incarnate Son of God and then grapples with the variety of reactions his birth provoked and continues to provoke.
At the same time, we want the website to accompany non-parishioners, even non-Catholics, so that the website helps them find what they’re looking for on their path.
In other words, we’ve tried to do something rather difficult.
Advent is often an overlooked season as Christmas becomes more and more commercialized. Advent is the liturgical season of four weeks devoted to preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. It is a time of waiting and watching, of yearning and hoping. We are invited to recognize our deep need for God and to acknowledge that God has come (in the Incarnate Word, the person of Jesus Christ), that God comes to us today most fully in the sacraments of the Church, and that God will come at the end of time, ushering in the new heavens and the new earth.
This Advent, we want to help all of our parishioners engage this beautiful season with fervor. Please utilize the resources below for personal prayer and for the good of your whole family.