The sixth of the Twelve Days of Christmas

This beautiful icon was written by Aidan Hart.  Seldom is the Holy Family imaged as it is here with Christ as a young man and Joseph "still in the picture."  (Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.)

The Twelve Days begin on Christmas Day and end on January 5, the day before the traditional date for Epiphany.  On these 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany, we'll look at some images of Mary and Joseph and Jesus.  For the previous entries, click here. Twelve Days 2012

The Sixth of the Twelve Days of Christmas: December 30

The Feast of the Holy Family falls on the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, December 30. Here are the lyrics to a beautiful hymn for this celebration.    (Tune: Tallis' Canon)

Thomas Tallis - Tallis' Canon

All praise to you, our God this night,
For all the blessings of the Light.

Keep us, O keep us as we sing

Beneath the shadow of your wing.

We thank you, God, for family

In every way it comes to be.

fam'ly life your love made flesh
Unfolds the
myst'ry of the creche.

With Mary, true to her deep call,

With Joseph,
guardian of us all,
With Jesus, brothers, sisters we

Are drawn to you as family.

Praise God who gives each blessing birth,

Praise Jesus Christ of
heav'n and earth,
Praise Spirit making new and free,

Praise to the Holy Trinity.

Ellen Oak (2008)

Twelve Days 2012


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