Twelve Days of Christmas

A Christmas Meditation

During these Twelve days of Christmas, let us celebrate the fruits of this Child born for us, of this Son given to us. Click To Tweet

With Christmas now upon us, we behold the Messiah for the first time and join our faithful brothers and sisters around the world to renew our desire for His second coming.  As a way of celebrating Our Lord’s nativity and all that this means to and for a broken world desperately in need of redemption, we invite you to join us in a series of short daily meditations prepared by Fr. John Raphael, ’89, on the twelve gifts of the Holy Spirit during the Twelve Days of Christmas.

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Is 9:6)

At Christmas we celebrate the greatest gift given by God to a fallen world, the gift of a Savior. The gift of the Christ Child fills the hearts of all who receive him. So great is the gift of this birth that the Church celebrates it for a season. During these Twelve days of Christmas, let us celebrate the fruits of this Child born for us, of this Son given to us.

Charity, December 26

May the Love we celebrate on Christmas Day make our hearts overflow with love for God and for our neighbor every day so that everyone we meet will encounter the Christ Child dwelling within us and experience the power of His love.

Joy, December 27

May the gift of the Savior’s birth fill us with a joy that overwhelms the sorrows of this life and, overflowing to our neighbor, makes each of us tangible signs of the Eternal Joy promised to all who receive Him.

Peace, December 28

May the Peace of Christmas reign in our hearts, in our homes, in our nation and in our world so that the reign of the Prince of Peace may bring justice and solace to all.

Patience, December 29

May we have the patience of Mary who awaited the Lord’s birth with serenity of heart as we wait on the Lord’s triumphant return in Glory.

Kindness, December 30

May our proclamation of the Savior’s birth be accompanied with a kindness that draws even the most hardened hearts from the darkness of sin to the warmth of the Savior’s crib.

Goodness, December 31

May our gratitude for the gift of Christmas move us to acts of goodness each and every day that bring comfort and relief to our brothers and sisters in need.

Generosity, January 1

May the gift of the Messiah’s birth inspire us to a lavish sharing with others—especially those in need—out of the bounty we have received from God, who will never be outdone in generosity.

Gentleness, January 2

May our celebration of the Savior’s birth exhibit the same quality of heart as His own—meek and gentle—so that the weak and broken, the wounded and lonely may not be afraid to find in us companions on the journey of faith.

Faithfulness, January 3

May Christmas be a time for us to renew our fidelity to the revelation of God’s goodness and his grace, and to the One whose birth we celebrate, whose Truth alone can set us free.

Modesty, January 4

May the poverty and simplicity of Bethlehem’s cave move us to clothe ourselves with virtue within and to humbly reflect that virtue in all that we do and say.

Self-Control January 5

May the example of the Holy Family and the hardships they endured move us to a disposition of soul that will enable us to respond to all people and circumstances with internal discipline and equanimity of spirit.

Chastity, January 6

May the chaste love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph inspire each of us during this Christmas Season and throughout the year to seek the Purity of Heart that makes us blessed and that will enable us to see the Face of God.

Epiphany, January 7

As the Wise Men sought Him and brought the Christ Child gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh; may we, too, follow the Star that leads us to the Savior, and offer Him our treasure, our worship and our suffering; so that having been drawn up into the mystery of His Incarnation as we celebrate His birth, we may be united to him in His death and resurrection, and rejoice with Him forever in heaven, who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever Amen.

Merry Christmas from Sycamore Trust!

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Sycamore Trust Apostolate

With our 2017 Annual Breakfast there was an upwelling of interest to establish an apostolate within the Sycamore Trust community to encourage each other to pray collectively for the faithful and fruitful success of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. This resulted in an extremely popular Novena project which concluded on the first day of classes during the 2017-2018 academic year. We intend to repeat this project annually and to expand upon it by creating other opportunities for collective prayer such as this Christmas Meditation.

By joining our apostolate you simply agree to keep Notre Dame in your daily prayers and to participate when possible in opportunities for collective payer among Sycamore supporters.  If you are interested, please email us at or join our text list by texting “community prayer” to 313131.

Your participation is very much appreciated and very much needed. We are unlikely to have a final victory without prayer.

A Christmas Message

O Come,  O Come, Emmanuel

The Choir of Men and Boys of Winchester Cathedral