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.
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