Fourth Day of Christmas: Four Calling Birds

The Fourth Day of Christmas! Here reblogged my original post of the Feast of Innocents and Calling Birds…


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On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me:
Four Calling Birds…

December 28th is here and so this is the “Fourth Day of Christmas.” This day adds a somber connection to the celebration of Christmas as it is the “Feast of the Holy Innocents“, also called the Massacre of the Innocents. The day reflects on the story in the Gospel of Matthew of the slaughter of the male infants by King Herod.

The somber tone of the day is captured in the traditional Christmastide hymn, the Coventry Carol and the words:

Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

This year the emotion of the Coventry Carol, and the tragic focus of this day, is deepened by the horrible events this year in Pakistan of the Peshawar school massacre

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