January 06, 2012

Twelfth Night

(The Twelve Days of Christmas, which are usually counted from the evening of December 25th until the morning of January 6th, which is the Twelfth Day. In following this older custom of counting the days beginning at sundown, the evening of January 5th is the Twelfth Night.)
Epiphany (from the ancient Greek πιφάνεια, epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") the realization or comprehension of the larger essence or meaning of something.)

Every year tens of thousands of children and young adults die in car accidents.  And everywhere grieving parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, godparents and friends are left behind.  Every day these children are remembered by their families.  But once a year, around the world, we do not only remember our own, but all the children. On the second Sunday in December, at 7:00 P.M. we place a light in our windows. As the lights are extinguished in one time zone, they are lit in another so that a lightwave is created in these 24 hours around the world.  Every light in a window was a child that illuminated life.

Slow down you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be
Before your time...

for Mercedes


Anonymous said...

20+C+B+M+12 ?????

Ms. Edna (squared) said...

For those of you who keep the Epiphany on the traditional date of January 6th, here is the blessing from the Roman ritual.
Epiphany Inscription over the Doorway
20 + C + M + B + 12
The letters have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat.
The month of January still bears the name of the Roman god Janus, the doorkeeper of heaven and protector of the beginning and end of things

frenchtoast said...

Never forgotten-

Anonymous said...

Oh, I do love your post. It was particularly resonant for me as I struggle in my own loss -painful, really.

Anonymous said...

Your blogs have to be the electronic Swiss army knife of topics.

Anonymous said...

Sober and sobering, the latter in the best and most accurate sense of the word.

Branco said...

Thank you