January 9, Christmas Weekday

St. Francis initiated the beautiful practice of displaying a Christmas crib or creche. He built it in a cave on a bleak mountain near the village of Greccio. News of what he was doing spread all over the countryside and a steady stream of men, women and chldren came by night carrying torches and candles to light their way.

"It seemed like midday," wrote someone who was there, "during that midnight filled with gladness for man and beast, and the crowds drawing near, so happy to be present for the renewal of the eternal mystery." Francis himself sang the Gospel story in a voice which was "strong and sweet and clear," says the observer. "Then he preached to the people, most movingly, about the birth of the poor King in little Bethlehem." — Excerpted from Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas Fourteenth Day of Christmas Thirteenth Day of Christmas Fifteenth Day of Christmas Seventeenth Day of Christmas Twelfth Day of Christmas Eleventh Day of Christmas Ninth Day of Christmas Tenth Day of Christmas Eighth Day of Christmas Seventh Day of Christmas Sixth Day of Christmas Fifth Day of Christmas Fourth Day of Christmas Third Day of Christmas Second Day of Christmas First Day of Christmas Sixteenth Day of Christmas Eighteenth Day of Christmas
Prayers & Hymns Activities & Customs 12 Days of Christmas Christmas Home Home