Monday, December 27, 2010

On The Third Day Of Christmas . . . The Feast of St. John & The Blessing Of The Wine

Today is the third day of the twelve days of Christmas.

Today is celebrated the Feast of St. John The Evangelist. And in relation thereto, today is the day to bring your bottle(s) of wine to the Church to have them blessed by a priest.

John was a fisherman before he and his brother James were called by Christ to become his apostles. John was the only apostle to stay with Jesus during the crucifixion. Afterwards, he joined with St. Peter to spread Christianity throughout Israel. John was later exiled to the island of Patmos where he received visions that he recounted in what is now the final chapter of the Bible, The Apocalypse.

John alone of the apostles did not die a martyr's death – though apparently there were several attempts made on his life. The most famous was an attempt to poison him that failed when John blessed his wine, drawing out the poison before John consumed the wine. It is in remembrance of that event that, on the Feast of St. John, people may bring wine to the Church that it be blessed and then consumed in his honor.

John 1: 1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not.

Today's Feast was historically a special day of celebration for priests. Do have a happy Feast of St. John The Evangelist and may your wine be blessed.

The 12 Days Of Christmas

The first eight days of Christmastide are known as the Octave

The 1st Day - Celebrating The Birth Of Christ
The 2nd Day - Feast of St. Stephen, The First Martyr of the Church
The 3rd Day - Feast of St. John the Evangelist & The Blessing Of The Wine
The 4th Day - Feast of the Holy Innocents
The 5th Day - Feast of St. Thomas a' Becket
The 6th Day - Feast of the Holy Family
The 7th Day - Feast of St. Sylvester
The 8th Day – Feast of the Circumsision (& The Feast Of Fools - no longer celebrated)
The 9th Day – Feast of the Holy Name (1st Sunday of the New Year, unless that day falls on the 1st, 6th or 7th of January, in which case it falls on the 2nd of January)
10th Day of Christmas - Open
11th Day of Christmas – Open
12th Night

13 January – Baptism of Jesus

14 January - Feast Of The Ass - no longer celebrated


suek said...

Welcome've been missed!

Paul_In_Houston said...

I second that.
I was getting very worried.
Hope you had a great Christmas. :-)

Daniel J. Cassidy said...

Thanks for reminding people that Christmastide just started on Saturday! And it is a Christmas present to see you blogging again. Best wishes for the Christmas season and a happy new year!

GW said...

Thx so much all. Good to be back. & Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.