Contributed by David Smith on May 31, 2018
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did
For he was our childhood pattern
Day by day like us He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless;
Tears and smiles like us he knew; ...
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.
(Cecil Frances Alexander, 1848)
It’s the first Sunday after Christmas - the ’Feast of the Holy