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The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” has several interpretations of its lyrics.  Here is one favorite…

My true love…God, and the gifts from God

The partridge…Jesus

Two turtledoves…The Old and New Testaments

Three French hens…Faith, Hope and Charity

Four calling birds…The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Five golden rings…The Torah (The first five books of the Bible): Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy

Six geese a-laying…The six days of Creation (Genesis)

Seven swans a-swimming…The Seven Sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing the Sick

Eight maids a-milking…The eight Beatitudes in Sermon on the Mount - Blessed are: the poor in spirit; those who mourn; the meek; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; the merciful; the pure in heart; the peace makers and the persecuted for the sake of righteousness. (Matthew 5:3-10)

Nine ladies dancing…Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control (Galatians 5:22-23)

Ten Lords a-leaping…The Ten Commandments

Eleven pipers piping…The Apostles (not including Judas) who spread the Good News

Twelve drummers drumming…The Twelve Articles of Faith in the Apostles’ Creed: “We believe…in God the Father; Creator; God the Son; Crucified, died, buried; raised from the dead; ascended into heaven; God the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church; communion of saints; forgiveness of sins; resurrection of the body; and life everlasting.”

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