The Meaning of

Friday, December 24, 2010

A bit of modern folklore claims that the song's lyrics were written as a “Catechism Song” to help young Catholics learn their faith, at a time when practicing Catholicism was discouraged in England (1558 until 1829). One version of this story interprets the song in the following way:
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The Partridge in a Pear Tree: Is Jesus

Two Turtle Doves: Were the Old and New Testaments

Three French Hens: Signify Represent the three theological virtues faith, hope and love

Four Calling Birds: Represent The Four Gospels: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.

Five Gold Rings: Stand for the first five books of the Old Testament Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy

Six Geese A-Laying: Symbolize the 6 days of Creation.

Seven Swans A-Swimming: Portray the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Council, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and the Fear of God.

Eight Maids A-Milking: Denotes the eight Beatitudes.

Nine Ladies Dancing: Indicate the Nine Fruits Of The Spirit.

Ten Lords A-Leaping: Correspond to The Ten Commandments.

Eleven Pipers Piping: Are the eleven faithful Apostles.

Twelve Drummers Drumming: Mean The twelve points of the Apostles Creed.

Now you know about that wonderful Christmas Carol.

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