With the Christmas season approaching you will undoubtedly be hearing a lot of Christmas carols being played as you go about your merry way. One of them will most certainty be The Twelve Days of Christmas. This song has quite an interesting history.
In the sixteen hundreds Henry VIII was trying to divorce Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn by petitioning Rome and when he was refused he declared himself head of the Church in England by replacing the Pope and demanded that all swear an oath of allegiance to him. St. Thomas More, the Chancellor of the Realm, the equivalent of the Prime Minister today, refused to support the elimination of the Pope’s authority so Henry had him publicly beheaded. Catholic convents and monasteries were closed and looted. The situation was worse under his son, Edward VI, and better during the short reign of Catherine’s daughter, Mary Tudor. She was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I, an ardent Protestant, the daughter of Anne Boleyn. The practice of the Catholic faith was banned. Priests were exiled and forbidden under pain of death from returning or performing the sacraments. It was a desperate, dreadful time. Here is a link if you would like to read more on this.http://www.catholic.net/index.php?id=3465&option=dedestaca
Although I am not a member of the Catholic Church I am always grateful for their historical information, especially in matters like these.
My true love gave to me. Jesus is our true love and He gives Himself to me, or us.
1: The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ, and the pear tree is the cross.
2: Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments and the two natures of Jesus, divine and human.
3: Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love and the trinity, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
4: The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
5: The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6: The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
7: Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
8: The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
9: Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
10: The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
11: The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
12: The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed
1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. 4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 5. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. 6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. 7. He will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.
As I studied this I found that the believers of the Catholic and Protestant churches have pretty much agreed upon the meaning of the song. And so the song was a way of teaching the message of Jesus Christ to the followers of Jesus Christ so they wouldn’t be persecuted by the fellow followers of Jesus Christ. Sad, isn’t it?
Here is the song with a sunrise that I posted on You Tube. There are also other Christmas songs and some gospel songs that I post on a regular basis.
The Twelve Days of Christmas.
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