November 25, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas

Did You Know?

A partridge in a pear tree represents:

The tree is the cross and the partridge is Jesus. The partridge risks her life for her babies to protect them from those who mean to do them harm.

Two turtle doves:

The Old and New Testaments

Three French hens:

The trinity.

Four calling birds:

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Five golden rings:

The Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy--the first 5 books of the Bible.

Six geese-a-laying:

The geese are the 6 days of Creation and the eggs represent new life.

Seven swans-a-swimming:

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit :
1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

Eight maids-a-milking:

The Beatitudes

3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3-10 (New International Version)

Nine ladies dancing:

The Fruits of the Spirit:

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)


Ten lords-a-leaping:

The Ten Commandments

Eleven Pipers Piping:

The eleven disciples who remained faithful to Jesus.

Twelve drummers drumming:

The 12 doctrines listed in the Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again 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 the life everlasting.

Amen

*You should note that catholic is translated to mean "universal" in this creed.


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