Carol that keeps faith alive By: Nestor S. Atienza ( 12 Days of Christmas Song Symbolism)

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.”






3 thoughts on “Carol that keeps faith alive By: Nestor S. Atienza ( 12 Days of Christmas Song Symbolism)”

  1. Thank you for posting this. The author, Nestor S. Atienza, is my father. He died of lung cancer and cardiac arrest last March 17, 2016. We love and miss you, Dad!

      1. Thank you, Nicholai. My father is a good man. It’s still hard to accept that he’s gone now, but I believe he is already in heaven with our Lord.

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