"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.

12.23.2011

Twelve Days of Christmas



Do you remember the song Twelve Days of Christmas?  Not one of my favorites. At least until I learned the history of the song.

"From 1558 until 1829 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."


Twelve Days of Christmas


A partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ
Two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments
Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love
Four calling birds are the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Five golden rings recall the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation
Seven swans a-swimming represent the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit - prophesy, serving, teaching, exhortation, contribution, leadership and mercy
Eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
Ten lords a-leaping are the ten commandments
Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples
Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed


Makes me think about it a little differently.

Grace and peace to you

6 comments:

caryjo said...

Hmm! I think I've heard that in passing, but not so specifically. Interesting how our historical issues... both anti and pro Catholic and Protestant ... caused some creative ways to teach and think.

jgr said...

Very interesting. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

S. Etole said...

It does add a whole new meaning to the song.

Christmas blessings to you, Mary.

Mollye said...

Merry Christmas sweet Mary. I am Catholic and confess I've never heard this and wow is it interesting. Yes indeed it takes on a whole new meaning. I want to copy and paste it to my docs so I can just study it. Thanks for sharing and for the research! Hope all at your home experience God's Blessings and Joy. Love, Mollye

Montgomery Family said...

So cool!! I never knew that! Merry Christmas, Mary!! I'm just dreaming of how amazing your porches and house look right now. I love you to the moon and back!! I hope you have a blast with your family!!

Bevie said...

Yes that sure does make more sense. Thanks for sharing dear sister, We are having a quiet Christmas thinking about what the wise men must have been feeling on that day so long ago. Jesus will come for us!