Eighth day of the Christmas Novena

(Mention your intentions here)

O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory be.

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9 Responses to Eighth day of the Christmas Novena

  1. firenze05 says:

    Thank you so much for this Novena. I’ve had rotten health news lately and these are the prayers which are holding me up – I can keep returning. Thanks again.


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    I will think of you two days hence as The Lord dissolves in my mouth, if I remember your name.

    What’s a mnemonic for firenze05″, I wonder?



  3. johnhenrycn says:

    Sorry, firenze05, if my comment came across as flippant. I didn’t mean it that way. I will indeed be thinking of you at Midnight Mass on the 24th. I promise. Are/were you a miner – “Fire in the Hole”?


  4. mmvc says:

    Praying for you, firenze… Thanks be to God that you are able to draw strength from this Christmas novena. May the Holy Infant bless you and His pure and gentle Mother protect you!


  5. johnhenrycn says:

    The title of this post is the “Eighth Day of the Christmas Novena”.
    I was going to say it’s not Christmas yet, but then realized the poster never said it was.

    Anyroad, I wonder if anyone else has heard this explanation of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”:

    1 Partridge in a pear tree = The One True God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ
    2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
    3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity
    4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels
    5 Golden Rings = the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuterononomy
    6 Geese a-laying = the six days of creation
    7 Swans a-swimming = the seven sacraments of our Catholic faith
    8 Maids a-milking = the eight beatitudes
    9 Ladies dancing = the nine Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23)
    10 Lords a-leaping = the Ten Commandments
    11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
    12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed.


  6. Mimi says:

    Sorry, John Henry, but that explanation sounds a bit like ‘reverse engineering’ to me. Sort of like the ‘meaning’ was applied afterwards, if you know what I mean. It reminds me of that old Country & Western classic, ‘The Deck of Cards’.


  7. johnhenrycn says:

    No need to be sorry, Mimi. Your thoughts mirror mine, exactly. Still, whoever penned that little riff was a clever boy (or girl) who knew the Bible.


  8. kathleen says:

    Yes John Henry. I posted on the deep meaning behind this merry carol last Christmas.
    Although some deny it, other reliable sources do state that this carol was composed by the Jesuits to pass on the Faith in secret in UK and Ireland during the Penal Times, when anything that sniffed of the once-loved and treasured Catholic Church, became anathema.
    Not all the points of the Christian Faith are solely Catholic, but others are, especially nos. 6 (6 Precepts of the Catholic Church), 7 & 10.


  9. toad says:

    Very true. A bit like Bingo calling, really, (“Thirteen, unlucky for some; Two little ducks, twenty-two…House at the back there!”)</i< ..isn't it?

    A suitably festive note for the Season of Good Cheer.
    “God bless us, every one!” says Tiny Toad.


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