Epiphany–the Twelfth Day of Christmas–is today. The Catholic Church in this country celebrates it on the nearest Sunday, and thus celebrated it this past Sunday this year; but the real Epiphany is today.
The Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas (i.e., the next Sunday after Christmas), which is today this year.
Today is his feast day. The latter is my absolutely favorite setting of “The Prayer of St. Francis”. It wasn’t actually written by him, but it is definitely in his spirit; and Sarah McLachlan is truly sublime.
Novena To Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Courtesy of EWTN. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
In American diocese, the Catholic Church has moved the feat of Epiphany (the traditional Twelfth Day of Christmas) from its correct location on 6 January to the nearest preceding weekend. Thus, it was celebrated yesterday in Catholic parishes across the country. I’ve always been an opponent of moving Holy Days of Obligation to Sundays in the (almost always vain) hope that it will get people more engaged. In any case, these chants (one for each of the Magi!) are going up on the real date for Epiphany. Enjoy!
Today is not only New Year’s Day, but in the Catholic Church it is a Holy Day of Obligation, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Above are a Gregorian and a Byzantine chant in her honor.
Ave, Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesu. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. (The Hail Mary in Latin)
Ἄξιόν ἐστιν ὡς ἀληθῶς, μακαρίζειν σε τὴν Θεοτόκον, τὴν ἀειμακάριστον καὶ παναμώμητον καὶ μητέρα τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡμῶν. Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβεὶμ καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ, τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν, τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον, σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.
(“It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos we magnify you!”–“Axion Estin”, a traditional Byzantine hymn to Mary)
Note: These are not translations of the chants, but prayers I’ve put here in honor of the day.