Have you memorized all of the 12 Days of Christmas song? Did you know that these themes in the song had a deeper Catholic meaning? Prepare to get the song stuck in your head as you dive deep into some catechetical truths!
Timmerie unveils the song’s potential role as a secret catechism tool during times of Catholic persecution in England (1558-1829). This joyous melody might have served as a covert means for Catholic children to learn and remember their faith.
Here’s a breakdown of the hidden Catholic meanings in each verse:
- Partridge in a Pear Tree: Jesus Christ, the self-sacrificing savior.
- Two Turtle Doves: The Old and New Testaments, symbolizing the continuity and revelation of God’s word.
- Three French Hens: The theological virtues – Faith, Hope, and Charity.
- Four Calling Birds: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
- Five Golden Rings: The Torah (first five books of the Bible.)
- Six Geese A-Laying: The six days of creation.
- Seven Swans A-Swimming: The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- Eight Maids A-Milking: The Beatitudes
- Nine Ladies Dancing: The fruits of the Holy Spirit, condensed for memorability.
- Ten Lords A-Leaping: The Ten Commandments
- Eleven Pipers Piping: The eleven faithful Apostles (excluding Judas who betrayed the Lord.
- Twelve Drummers Drumming: The twelve articles of faith in the Apostles’ Creed.
Timmerie challenges you to not just enjoy the melody, but to delve into the rich tapestry of faith these verses represent. Try to work on memorizing all of these important aspects of our faith! It’s an invitation to rediscover the depth and joy of the Catholic Church, especially in times of trial. 🌟🎵🙏