Twelfth Day of Christmas: Brother André and Drummers

Although Epiphany was liturgically observed last Sunday, there’s no reason why you can’t make it a family celebration today.  Here are some hints about what you can do. Or if it’s too late for this year, bookmark it for next year.

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint André Bessette, a Canadian Holy Cross brother who died in Montreal in 1937 at the age of 91. He is truly a saint for our time, who became a willing instrument of God’s healing and saving grace through his openness to all people and his embrace of the ordinary.

Here’s a wonderful reflection on his life by Fr. Thomas Rosica, of Canada’s Salt and Light TV:

. . . and a trailer for the full-length documentary from the same source:

. . . and a documentary-report from Springfield, Massachusetts, where some of his relatives still live:

The last of the gifts: Twelve Drummers Drumming.  The percussion section.

Religiously, yesterday’s Eleven Pipers represent the eleven faithful Apostles (excluding Judas) who “pipe” the message of Christ throughout the world. Today’s Twelve Drummers represent the twelve articles of faith as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed:

1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

Pipes and Drummers – quite a spectacle.



Author: tomwelbers

I have been a Catholic priest for nearly fifty years, most of that time serving in parish and college campus ministry. I also have professional degrees in theology and liturgy, as well as institutional management, and continue avidly to explore pastoral theology, Scripture, liturgy, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and spiritual direction. I have a passion for sharing insight into our Christian heritage through teaching, writing, and leading pilgrimages, especially to Early Christian World sites in Turkey. Now actively retired from parish ministry, I live at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.

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