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The meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas A short course for New Christians
A Partridge in a PEAR TREE The partridge in a pear tree refers to Jesus Christ on the cross.
Two TURTLE DOVES The two turtle doves refer to the Old and New Testaments.
Three FRENCH HENS Stand for faith, hope and love, which are the primary virtues taught in the New Testament.
Four CALLING BIRDS Represents the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Five GOLDEN RINGS The first five books of the Old Testament, which is called the Pentateuch.
Six GEESE ARE LAYING The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
Seven SWANS A-SWIMMING Gifts of the Spirit: prophecy, serving, exhortation, teaching, contribution, leadership and mercy.
Eight MAIDS A-MILKING The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes.
Nine LADIES DANCING Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Ten LORDS A-LEAPING Stand for the Ten Commandments.
Eleven PIPERS PIPING Stand for the eleven faithful Apostles.
Twelve DRUMMERS DRUMMING Symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in The Apostles' Creed.
The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" X is an English Christmas Carol from the year 1558 It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. To fit the number scheme, when you reach number 9, representing the Fruits of the Holy Ghost, the originator combined 6 to make 3, taking the 6 fruits that were similar: the fruit in each parenthesis is the that was not named separately. There are actually Twelve Fruits of the Holy Ghost. The "True Love" one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators. The two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments The three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The five golden rings represented the first five books of the Old Testament, which describe man's fall into sin and the great love of God in sending a Savior. 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-----Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience [Forbearance], Goodness [Kindness], Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, Continency [Chastity]. The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments. The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Apostles. The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed. Original Source: Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska
The partridge in the pear tree represents Jesus, because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators. Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ, was a Jewish preacher and religious leader who became the central figure of Christianity. Christians believe him to be the Son of God and the awaited Messiah (Christ) prophesied in the Old Testament. Jesus had to die because He is the only one who could pay the penalty for our sins. The sacrifice Christ made for us is called the Atonement (or, Expiation). The gospel writers reported that Jesus was crucified at "the Place of a Skull", known as 'Golgotha' in Hebrew, meaning 'Skull' [Matthew 27:33; Mark 15:22; Luke 23:33; John 19:17]. Near the Old City of Jerusalem, 'cavaties' in a rocky hillside align to form a vivid image of a skull. The Bible is a Holy Spirit inspired collection of books (or scriptures). It is a record of the relationship between God and humans. Many authors contributed to the Bible which is divided into two sections - known as testaments. The Old Testament is the first part of the Christian Bible, comprising thirty-nine books and corresponding approximately to the Hebrew Bible. Most of the books were written in Hebrew, some in Aramaic, between about 1200 and 100 BC. They comprise the chief texts of the law, history, prophecy, and wisdom literature of the ancient people of Israel. The New Testament is the second part of the Christian Bible, written originally in Greek and recording the life and teachings of Christ and his earliest followers. It includes the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, twenty-one Epistles by St Paul and others, and the book of Revelation. Don’t try to read the bible from start to finish. Begin with the book of John or Mark and preferably follow a study guide. Whilst The Apostle Paul was giving instructions and important advice to the believers at Corinth (because of their many and varied disorders), He reminds them of the high value and necessity of faith, hope and love , the last of these being the most significant: For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love . But the greatest of these is love. (1Cor. 13:12-13) What Paul wishes to impress upon the Corinthians is, that the gifts in which they so much prided themselves, were small matters compare to what is in reserve for the people of God…faith, hope and love. These are the three great permanent Christian graces, as opposed to the mere temporary gifts of prophecy, miracles and tongues. The Gospel of Matthew Matthew Levi was a Jew who had been called from his position as a tax collector to become an apostle of Jesus Christ (Matthew 9:9). There are indications within the book that the author was very familiar with finances. The Gospel of Mark Mark was the son of a woman named Mary (Acts 12:12) and the cousin of the evangelist Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). The Gospel of Mark is remarkably different from that of Matthew and was written for a non-Jewish audience. The Gospel of Luke Luke is the solitary Gentile writer of the Bible, yet his dual books of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts constitute about one-fourth of the New Testament. By training he was a physician The Gospel of John The son of Zebedee and brother of James, John was closest to Jesus. John’s purpose is to offer the evidence of certain signs which prove that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and can offer us eternal life (20:30, 31). The Pentateuch (or Torah) is the first five books of the Bible that scholars believe were mostly written by Moses. Jews generally divided the Old Testament into three different sections, The Law, The Prophets, and The Writings. The Law or Torah consists of the first five books of Scripture that contain the historical background of creation and God’s choosing of Abraham and the Jewish nation as His chosen people. They also contain the instructions and law given to Israel at Mount Sinai. Scripture refers to these five books by various names. In Joshua 1:7 they said to be the “law (Torah) which Moses My servant commanded you” and “the law of Moses” in 1 Kings 2:3. The five books of the Bible that make up the Pentateuch are the beginning of God’s progressive revelation to man. Creation Day 1 ( Genesis 1:1-5) God created the heavens and the earth. “The heavens” refers to everything beyond the earth. Creation Day 2 (Genesis 1:6-8) God creates the sky. The sky forms a barrier between water upon the surface and the moisture in the air. Creation Day 3 ( Genesis 1:9-13) God creates dry land. Continents and islands are above the water. God declares that all this is good. Creation Day 4 (Genesis 1:14-19) God creates all the stars and heavenly bodies. The first is the sun which is the primary source of light and the moon which reflects the light of the sun. Creation Day 5 (Genesis 1:20-23) God creates all life that lives in the water. All of these creatures are made with the ability to perpetuate their species by reproduction. Creation Day 6 (Genesis 1:24-31) God creates all the creatures that live on dry land.God declares that all this is good. When God was creating man, He took counsel with Himself, “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness’” (Genesis 1:26). This is not an explicit revelation of the trinity but is part of the foundation for such, as God reveals an “us” within the Godhead. God makes man, and man is made in the image of God (men and women both bear this image) and is special above all other creatures. To emphasize this, God places man in authority over the earth and over all the other creatures. God blesses man and commands him to reproduce, fill the earth and subdue it (bring it under the rightful stewardship of man as authorized by God). God announces that man and all other creatures are to eat plants alone. God will not rescind this dietary restriction until Genesis 9:3-4. God’s creative work is complete at the end of the sixth day. The entire universe in all its beauty and perfection was fully formed in six literal, consecutive, 24-hour days. At the completion of His creation, God announces that it is very good. In the Book of Isaiah 11:2-3, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are described. Through Jesus, we also receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit . Wisdom helps us recognize the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives. Understanding is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God's message. Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God's revelation, and also to recognize there are mysteries of faith beyond us. Counsel is the ability to see the best way to follow God's plan when we have choices that relate to him. Fortitude is the courage to do what one knows is right. Piety helps us pray to God in true devotion. Fear of the Lord is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose. Jesus Christ gave us the Eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:3-10 "Blessed are the poor in spirit , for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn , for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek , for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful , for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure of heart , for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers , for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness , for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Galatians 5:22-23 -22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control . Against such things there is no law. Paul used this list to show the contrast between a Godly character and one that is focused on fleshly concerns. How do you love your neighbor? First, you must learn to receive God’s love for yourself. Until then, you can’t truly love anyone else. You may do all the right things, but your motivation will be all wrong. ”All the fruit of the Spirit are held in place by love. Jesus said that loving God and other people is the most important commandment. “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”He added, “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:39). God gave the 10 Commandments from Mount Sinai, accompanied by smoke, earthquakes and the blast of a trumpet to emphasize the importance of these laws. Moses recorded God’s words in Exodus 20 and again in Deuteronomy 5. 1. You shall have no other Gods but me. 2. You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it. 3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. 4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. 5. Respect your father and mother. 6. You must not commit murder. 7. You must not commit adultery. 8. You must not steal. 9. You must not give false evidence against your neighbour. 10. You must not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour. These are the eleven faithful apostles/disciples. Disciples indicate followers of Jesus. Simon, called Peter (rock) Andrew , Peter’s brother James , son of Zebedee, brother of John John , son of Zebedee, brother of James Philip Bartholomew , called Nathaniel Thomas (referred to as the doubter) Matthew , the tax collector, called Levi James , the son of Alphaeus Thaddeus , the son of James Simon , the Zealot Saul (killer of Christians) was called to be an apostle on the Road to Damascus, and became Paul . But of the original twelve apostles that Jesus called, only eleven remained faithful. ( Judas betrayed Jesus and consequently hanged himself). The Apostles’ Creed was not written by the apostles. It is called the Apostles’ Creed because it is a record of what the apostles taught. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.