Christmas Carol with Hidden Meaning
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to the members of their church. Each element in the carol has a cold word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
The partridge in the pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for Faith, Hope, and Love.
Four calling birds were the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Five golden rings recalled 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.
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.
Eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
Twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
So, there is your history for today! This knowledge was shared with me and I found it enlightening and interesting.and now I know how this strange song became a Christmas carol!
If judges and courts in America keep on making laws through judical edits with the stroke of their pen will we in America one day need to write such songs?
Today's "American Minute with Bill Federer"
Friday, December 15, 2017
Newly independent, the thirteen American States were suspicions that their
new government may become too powerful, as King George's was. They insisted
that ten handcuffs be place on the power of the Federal Government. We call
these the First Ten Amendments or Bill of Rights, and they were ratified
this day, December 15, 1791. The First Amendments states: "Congress shall
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or
the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances."
First Amendment, Constitution of the United States. December 15, 1791. Henry B. Watson, The Key to the Constitution of the United States (Alexandria, VA: Patriotic Education Incorporated, 1988), p. 34.
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Hidden Meaning bring you these weekly Bible verses:
1 Kings 4:7-9
7 And Solomon had twelve governors over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month of the year.
8 These are their names: Ben-Hur, in the mountains of Ephraim;
9 Ben-Deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan;
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