Monday, January 3, 2011

On the Tenth Day Of Christmas . . . The Feast Of The Holy Name

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

Today is celebrated the Feast of the Holy Name.

Sit nomen Dómini benedíctum
Ex hoc nunc, et usque in sæculum

Blessed be the Name of the Lord
from this time forth for evermore

The Feast of the Holy Name dates back to the 15th century, when it was celebrated, usually in conjunction with the Feast of the Circumcision on 1 Jan. Under Jewish law, a child would have been named on the day of his circumcision - and thus, this feast celebrates the naming of Jesus on the day of his circumcision.

In modern times, the date of this celebration varies, with some Church's celebrating it on the 3rd of January, others on the first Sunday of the New Year unless that Sunday falls on the 1st, 6th or 7th, in which case it is celebrated on the 2nd Day of January.

In Medieval times, this would have been a continuation of the celebrations of the twelve days of Christmas, but there would be no specific saint or event to whom the day was universally dedicated - i.e., to put it in the latin, feria. That said, many localities then, as now, would have had their own specific celebrations.

Happy Tenth Day of Christmas

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 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Feast of the Circumsision - no longer celebrated) (& The Feast Of Fools - no longer celebrated)
The 9th Day – Feasts of Sts. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
The 10th Day - Feast of the Holy Name
The 11th Day – Feria
The 12th Day - 12th Night

13 January – Baptism of Jesus

14 January - Feast Of The Asses - no longer celebrated

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