The Days of Christmas for the Year of Mercy

12 days of christmas music sheet

My son has just completed a project for school. He was writing a creative essay for a contest on the topic of: “What Would Jesus Do This Christmas Season?” He and I sat together at our kitchen table and discussed the question in light of the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the challenge to express it in a creative way. The result was fresh lyrics to a familiar song. I encouraged him to get very creative with the wording. However, as a fairly typical 11 year-old boy, he was insistent that it be as simple as possible. The result is actually pretty good. And true. And somewhat beautiful. A wonderful way to highlight something unique and special in our Faith.  As you read the words, hum them the tune to the Twelve Days of Christmas. The original song is reputed to be a secret Catholic Catechism hidden in the names of silly holiday gifts. Many people believe the song was created one Christmas during a time of Catholic persecution in England.  These new lyrics don’t have a perfect rhyme scheme or catchy colorful imagery, but perhaps they offer some encouragement in our troubled modern era, especially during the Year of Mercy, how to live our faith in Christ with the love and mercy of God motivating us.

The Days of Christmas for the Year of Mercy

By the Bard of Westridge ParcIMG_1077 (2)

On the first day first day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: the works of mercy.

On the second day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: admonish sinners gently.

On the third day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: teach the people in need.

On the fourth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: counsel those who question doubtfully.

On the fifth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: COMFORT THE SORROWING.

On the sixth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: bear wrongs patiently.

On the seventh day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: forgive all injuries.

On the eighth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: remember the living and dead prayerfully.

On the ninth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: feed the hungry.

On the tenth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: give drink to the thirsty.

On the eleventh day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: give clothes to those in need.

On the twelfth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: shelter the homeless warmly.

On the thirteenth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: visit prisoners who are lonely.

On the fourteenth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: visit the sickly.

On the fifteenth day of Christmas Lord Jesus taught to me: bury the dead respectfully.

This Christmas and always, the Lord Jesus taught to me: give the gifts of MERCY.

 

The photo is of the song’s author, the “Bard of Westridge Parc” who recently dressed as Shakespeare for a presentation he needed to give at school. Bravo!

IMG_1227Award winning author, speaker and catechist, Cathy Gilmore is the proud parent of the Bard of Westridge Parc. Cathy’s experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature.  Her endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas is the story in which the LOVE of the Good Shepherd, the MIRACLE of the Peaceable Kingdom and the JOY of Christmas are all tucked into one charming holiday parable.  Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ. Follow Cathy @The PowerOfParable on Twitter.

 

Pinterest

Share this article