Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Ice Storm and Happy Twelfth Night

We have beeen having freezing rain all morning. I can see the power lines getting lower and lower. I have a feeling we may lose power and/or dh won't be coming home tonight. I got some more wood in just in case I have to use the fireplace. I baked a Twelfth Night cake so we can eat that if the power goes, right? E is supposed to have a baketball game tonight but I am betting it will be canceled, and I won't be surprised if they are released from school early. Tonight we'll have a 12th night/epiphany celebration. We have cake and open a present I've kept back. If it gets less icy we'll chalk the door too.

Matthew 2:1-16
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Thank God it's twelth Night so I can finally take down the tinderbox known as my Christmas tree.

What else do you do to celebrate?

Mrs. Darling said...

I find this celebration of the 12 days of Chrsitams an interesting thing. I've never heard of anyone doing it before. It's pretty cool actually.