Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Scriptures and the 12 Days of Christmas

Daily Inspiration from the NIV

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding ; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

LORD, I thank you for being there for me on a lot more than one occasion. I am finally learning to lean on You rather than "going a head full-steam under my own assumptions. Thank you for answering my prayers for advice when I call.

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I have a treat for your tonight. My sister sent me an e-mail with several parts to it, and this is just one part of it. I don't know how many if any of you have ever seen this or already knew it, but I thought it was interesting enough to pass along, just in case. A bit of trivia if you will, or some of that useless information that we often collect in our memories to bring back up at such a time as needed to preoccupy our minds, or maybe it might be asked on a "game show" or contest that you enter. Anyway, here goes:

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens,

swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out

of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

This week, I found out.

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.


-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 & 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.






So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish.'

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone

I have often wondered about that song, but of course it was a fleeting thought (as most of mine are), so I would always forget to look it up.

Now you know if anyone happens to ask you.

Good Night and May God Bless!


PJ

6 comments:

Just Joany said...

What an interesting post. I have never heard that before, but it surely is something I won't soon forget. Thank you for sharing. If you don't mind, I would like to post a link in a post tomorrow to this message. ~ Just Joany
Red Wagon Flights

Lynette said...

how interesting i am going to share that with my dear hubby the catholic lol

Beth E. said...

PJ,
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and giving me the information about your experience with swelling of the hands and feet. I will definitely pass along your information to my brother!

Thank you, too, for putting Jimmy's prayer button on your blog, and for praying.

We're trusting God for Jimmy's healing!

Blessings,
Beth

bluecottonmemory said...

I knew this! But I've never seen it broken down! I cannot wait to share this with my sons! It is going to become a lesson we'll use throughout the rest of the season! I love it!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

PJ -- You gave me "chill bumps" back. Thank you for stopping by. This is my first stop here. Mind if I peek around a bit???

Blessings to you, sister.

Yaya said...

Wow! That's so cool!
Great post!

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