Hold it – not just yet! You may be tempted to take down that tree, find new spaces for all the gifts and finish up those Christmas goodies and you may be doing just that in the next week or two. But, caution yourself NOT to move too quickly through the Christmas season. As Catholics whose liturgies are based on the Liturgical Calendar – Christmas begins on Christmas Eve with “The Nativity of the Lord” and continues to the “Baptism of the Lord” which is on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Within the 18 days of this liturgical season the Church has many very special celebrations, some very well-known and others not so much:
December 24, 2015 – January 1, 2016 –The Octave of Christmas–Meaning the eight days.
Sunday, December 27, 2015 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, Joseph
Friday, January 1, 2016 – The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
January 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation and completes
The Octave of Christmas.
Sunday, January 3, 2016 – The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 10, 2016 – The Baptism of the Lord
This officially ends the Christmas season.
I am sure for many the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of shopping, baking, school concerts, traveling to be with family and friends or welcoming guests into your home. So let us take a deep breath and receive the gift of this liturgical season of Christmas. Let us take time to slow down, finding time to sit quietly in our own homes in the soft glow of the
Christmas tree lights and reflect on the wonder of God Incarnate; God sending his own Son; the ultimate gift of our salvation. May each of the liturgical celebrations of this beautiful season bring you ever closer to Jesus and may God grant you peace, love and joy!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC