During that era, someone wrote ‘ The Twelve Days of Christmas’ as a kind of secret catechism that could be sung in public without the risk of persecution. The song has two levels of interpretation: the surface meaning and a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church. Each element in the carol is a code word for a religious reality.
– The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.
– The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
– Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
– The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
– The five gold rings recall the Torah (Law), the first five books of the Old Testament.
– The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
– Seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit.
-The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes.
– Nine ladies dancing? These are the nine fruitage of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
– The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
-Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.
-Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.”
Source: PHILIPPINE PANORAMA 23 DECEMBER 2012
SUNDAY MAGAZINE OF MANILA BULLETIN
SEARCHED BY: NICHOLAI M. LUCENOS