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.... 12 days to go!

With 12 days to go we are reminded of that famous Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas". We all know the words, or most of them anyway ... but do you know the real meaning behind them?

In the 16th century Catholics were persecuted in England, so this made it difficult not only to practice the faith, but also to teach it and pass it down generations. So this song was made up to teach important elements of the faith at the same time not revealing their true religion.

So today, our gift to you is a little gift of knowledge.

The Twelve Days of Christmas
(the true meaning of the lyrics)

  • My true love = God
  • Me = every baptized person, the Church
  • A Partridge in a pear tree = The Word made flesh, Jesus Christ (The portrayal of Christ as a mother partridge is inspired by his lament: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it so...").
The pear tree signifies the wood of the manger (and also of the cross), while the fruit reminds us of the reason for the Incarnation: God's desire to save us from the sin introduced by Adam's and Eve's consumption of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. The fruit also reminds us of the Tree of Life in the midst of the Garden.
  • Two Turtle Doves = The two parts of the Sacred Scriptures [Old and New Testaments]
  • Three French Hens = The three theological virtues, given from God and poured into our hearts [Faith, Hope, and Charity]
  • Four Calling Birds = the four Gospels/Evangelists [Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John]
  • Five Golden Rings = The first five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch" [Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy]
  • Six Geese a-Laying = The six days of creation
1st Day: Creation of light and its separation from darkness 2nd Day: Creation of the firmament and division of the waters 3rd Day: Collection of waters (sea) and formation of dry land (earth); creation of plants according to their own likeness 4th Day: Creation of heavenly bodies in the firmament (sun, moon, and stars) 5th Day: Creation of sea creatures and winged fowl from the waters 6th Day: Creation of cattle, creeping things, and beasts from the dry land; creation of mankind, male and female
  • Seven Swans a-Swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
    1. wisdom
    2. understanding
    3. counsel
    4. fortitude
    5. knowledge
    6. piety
    7. fear of the Lord
Also, the seven sacraments of the Catholic faith [Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony]
  • Eight Maids a-Milking = the eight Beatitudes [Mt. 5.3-12]
    1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    2. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
    3. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
    4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
    5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
    6. Blessed are the clean of heart: they shall see God.
    7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
    8. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Nine Ladies Dancing = the nine choirs of angels (in ascending order)
1. Angels 2. Archangels 3. Principalities 4. Powers 5. Virtues 6. Dominations 7. Thrones 8. Cherubim 9. Seraphim
  • Ten Lords a-Leaping = the Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before me. 2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 3. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. 4. Honor thy father and mother. 5. Thou shalt not kill. 6. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 7. Thou shalt not steal. 8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife. 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.
  • Eleven Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles [Simon Peter, James the Great, John, Simon (the Zealot), Jude (a.k.a. Thaddeus), Andrew, James the Less, Matthew, Phillip, Bartholomew, and Thomas]
  • Twelve Drummers Drumming = the twelve articles of the Apostle's Creed
1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; 2. And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord: 3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 5. He descended into Hell; on the third day He rose from the dead. 6. He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father almighty; 7. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. 8. I believe in the Holy Spirit, 9. The Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, 10. The forgiveness of sins, 11. The resurrection of the body, 12. And life everlasting. Amen. The "Twelve Days of Christmas" is still an excellent expression of joy in the Incarnate Lord and a well-rounded summary of the life of Faith. And, by giving us something on which to meditate for each day, it is also an ideal way to spend the twelve days of Christmas. It even reminds us (by virtue of its history) of the cost many generations had to pay in order for us to receive the Good News we celebrate during this holy season.
(from HolyTrinityGerman.org)

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