Saturday, October 12, 2019

V - Tudor Christmas and the 12s.

There are many references to 12 in the Tudor Christmas celebrations. One being, the traditional '12 Days of Christmas'. The items associated with each day symbolize some religious reference to the holiday.
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  • The 'Partridge in a pear tree' refers to Jesus Christ.
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  • Two turtle doves’ refers to the Old and New Testaments.
  • 'Three French hens' refers to Faith, Hope and Charity or Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
  • 'Four calling birds' refers to the Four Gospels and or The Four Evangelists. 
  • 'Five golden rings' refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament or The Catholic Churches five obligatory sacraments: Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Penance, and Last Rites.
  • 'Six geese a laying' refers to the six days of creation.

  • 'Seven swans a swimming' refers to the Seven Gifts of The Holy Spirit, the Seven Sacraments - 
    1. Baptism, 
    2. Confirmation, 
    3. Eucharist, 
    4. Reconciliation, 
    5. Anointing of the Sick, 
    6. Holy Orders
    7. and Marriage.

  • 'Eight maids a milking' refers to  the eight times a year that Catholics, in those days, were required to receive Holy Communion or the Eight Beatitudes:

    1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
    2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
    4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
    5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
    6. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
    7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
    8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Nine ladies dancing' refers to the Nine Fruits of The Holy Spirit - 
    1. the word of wisdom, 
    2. the word of knowledge, 
    3. increased faith, 
    4. the gifts of healing, 
    5. the gift of miracles, 
    6. prophecy, 
    7. the discernment of spirits, 
    8. diverse kinds of tongues, 
    9. interpretation of tongues. 
  • 'Ten lords a leaping' refers to The Ten Commandments. 

  • 'Eleven pipers piping' refers to the Eleven Apostles, excluding Judas. 

  • 'Twelve Drummers Drumming' - the 12 points of the Apostles Creed
    • Belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit
    • The Death, descent into hell, resurrection, and ascension of Chris
    • The holiness of the Church and the communion of saints
    • Christ's second coming, the Day of Judgment and salvation of the faithful
And, you thought it was just a song.

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