12 DAYS OF X-MAS (the story behind it)

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12 DAYS OF X-MAS (the story behind it)

Post by j.a ramos on Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:18 am

From 1558 until 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.

What does it all mean?

The partridge in a pear tree:
Jesus Christ.

Two turtle doves:
The Old and New Testaments.

Three French hens:
Faith, hope and love.

Four calling birds:
The four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

Five golden rings:
The first five books of the Old Testament.

Six geese a-laying:
Six days of creation.

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

Eight maids a-milking:
The eight beatitudes.

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

Ten lords a-leaping:
The Ten Commandments.

The eleven pipers piping:
The eleven faithful disciples.

The twelve drummers drumming:
The twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

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