With the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Incarnation, the season of Christmastime begins. Christmas is so important that it is celebrated for eight days straight…as if every day was Christmas morning. Since the Solemnity fell on a Saturday this year, the Feast of St. Stephan is suppressed.
Regardless, it is important to remember that with the first three days of Christmastime, the Church celebrates a Trinitarian festival of love through the feasts of martyrs. Each martyr(s) is unique in the manner in which they died. Martyrs offer their lives through will, love and blood. These feasts of martyrs include:
- 26th: St. Stephen – martyr (red) by will, love and blood
- 27th: St. John the Divine – martyr (white) by will and love
- 28th: Holy Innocents – martyrs (red) by blood
We should also mention the first Sunday (today) after Christmas which is dedicated to the Holy Family. The Church provides for us the model for a family: father, mother and the child. This day also recognizes our human brokenness and that all families do not resemble the prefect family. So, she provides extra grace through her liturgical blessings and offers the Holy Family itself to make up where we lack.