|The partridge - a code name for Jesus Christ|
How can a beautiful and harmless carol be deemed seditious? Well, it was the case in times past when Catholics were either actively persecuted or discriminated against in Great Britain.
'The Twelve Days of Christmas' was a code for teaching the faith.....here is the story and explanation:-
and Wales were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone, during this era, wrote this Carol as a Catechism song to aid young Catholics in learning their faith.
- The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ
- Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments
- Three French hens stood for faith, hope and charity
- The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
- The five gold rings represent the Torah or Law; the first five books of the Old Testament
- Six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation
- Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of The Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy
- The eight maids a-milking were the eight Beatitudes
- Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of The Holy Spirit; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self control
- Ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments
- Twelve drummers drumming symbolised the twelve points of belief contained in the Apostles’ Creed