12th Day of Christmas
Reading: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it." Read Psalm 24
Collect: O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray the Be Still prayer.
Gratitude Journal: Write 3 things for which you are grateful.
Drink Wassail (or cider)
Make Three Kings Cake (Eat it tomorrow!)
Reverse roles: draw straws to find out who is going to be the "Lord/Lady of Misrule" for the day (more fun if it's a child) and waste the day following their suggestions.
Eat breakfast for dinner.
Watch or read Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Make twelve drummers drumming. Post it with #12TideCbus
Ancient Text Reflection:
Saint Augustine, Bishop (AD 354-430) Sermo 13 de Tempore
Beloved, our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal creator of all things, today became our Savior by being born of a mother. Of his own will he was born for us today, in time, so that he could lead us to his Father’s eternity. God became a man so that we might become God. The Lord of the angels became a man today so that we could eat the bread of angels.
Today, the prophecy is fulfilled that said: Pour down, heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just one: let the earth be opened and bring forth a savior. The Lord who had created all things is himself now created, so that he who was lost would be found. Thus humanity, in the words of the psalmist confesses: Before I was humbled, I sinned. Humans sinned and became guilty; God is born a man to free us from his guilt. Humanity fell, but God descended; Humanity fell miserably, but God descended mercifully; Humanity fell through pride, God descended with his grace.
My brethren, what miracles! What prodigies! The laws of nature are changed in the case of humanity. God is born. A virgin becomes pregnant with a man. The Word of God marries the woman who knows no man. She is now at the same time both mother and virgin. She becomes a mother, yet she remains a virgin. The virgin bears a son, yet she does not know a man; she remains untouched, yet she is not barren. He alone was born without sin for she bore him without the embrace of a man, not by the concupiscence of the flesh but by the obedience of the mind.