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INTRIGUING: HERE IS THE ENGLISH CHRISTMAS CAROL THAT CONTAINS A SECRET CODE – AND THE KEY TO THE MESSAGE CONCEALED WITHIN IT

03 Dec

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

This carol or song dates back to the 16th century and its precise author is unknown. It was written in England during the period when Catholics were not allowed to practise their faith openly and it was intended as a catechism for young Catholics, to educate them in the doctrines of the faith and yet not to be obvious to those who persecuted Catholics. The purpose of the wording of the carol was to hide its true meaning from those who, at that time, persecuted the followers of Christ. The hidden meanings known only to Catholics at the time are as follows:

The ‘true love’ refers to Jesus Christ the Son of God; the ‘me’ to every baptised person. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Jesus because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators. The meaning of the other symbols is as follows:

‘Two turtle doves’
– the Old and New Testaments

‘Three French hens’
– Faith, Hope and Charity

‘Four calling birds’
– the four Gospels

‘Five golden rings’
– the first five books of the Old Testament

‘Six geese’
– the six days of creation

‘Seven swans’
– the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost

‘Eight maids’
– the eight Beatitudes

‘Nine ladies’
– the nine choirs of angels

‘Ten Lords’
– the Ten Commandments

‘Eleven pipers’
– the eleven faithful Apostles

‘Twelve drummers’
– the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed.
(fr. St Martin Magazine, December 2012)

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