The Twelve Days of Christmas

Did you know this?

From 1558 to 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly.  Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.  It has two levels of meaning:  the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church.  Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.

  –         The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

–         Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

–         Three French hens stood for Faith, Hope and Love.

–         The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

–         The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

–         The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

–         Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit:  Prophesy Serving,     Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.

–         The eight maids a-milking were the eight Beatitudes.

–         Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

–         The ten Lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

–         The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Disciples.

–         The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

 MERRY (Twelve Days of) CHRISTMAS!

And so, let us remember, that it is not OK to say “Happy Holiday” – when did that all come about? 

As CHRISTmas approaches, let us remember that it is a Christian celebration of Christ’s birth!  In order to give Him the praise and the glory – let us remember to say loudly and clearly to those we meet; to those we send greeting cards to; to them all let us say:  HAPPY CHRISTMAS  one and all!

http://pepeprays.wordpress.com

 

This entry was posted in Daily Devotionals, Devotional Links, Devotions For Teens, Family Devotions, Website Updates and tagged , , , , on by .

About Patricia Day

Retired from corporate and social service worlds, I enjoy writing devotionals. I recently, completed a novel, which I is going through the process of editing ready for publication. I love spending time with family, friends, gardening, reading, walking and listening to good music as well as attending live theatre. I am married. Mother to two sons and step-mom to a son & daughter. Proudly a Nana to ten princes and princesses. My devotionals and ramblings can be seen at: http://pepeprays.wordpress.com and http://pattersmatters.wordpress.com. www.devotionalchristian.com www.presbycan.org - Daily Devotionals as well as http://underthecoverofprayer.com. i guest blog for www.FEBC.org which is a Christian radio station I write book reviews for www.bookcrash.com www.readersfavorites.com. Pre-publication readings for John 3:16 Marketing Network. I have written reviews for booksneeze for the past two years Hope you enjoy my blogs. I always appreciate your comments. It is by reading these I know if what I am writing makes sense to anyone else. So feel free to give me your opinions or any prayer requests.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>