Merry Seventh Day of Christmas

Monica on December 31st, 2015 | 11 comments

Merry Seventh Day of Christmas!
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven swans a-swimming…

Who knew swans a-swimming would create so many images and so much discussion?!

The seven swans a-swimming refer to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Respect for the Lord. Basically, these are attributes given as a gift by the Holy Spirit to all receptive people. People are receptive when they live as close to God as possible – avoiding sin through prayer, studying the Scriptures, and engaging in the Sacraments – yes, another symbolism for the seventh day of Christmas!

Seven swans a-swimming represent the seven sacraments. The Seven Sacraments are: Baptism, Communion, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders. Sacraments are an outward sign of an inward grace – basically a way for us to match the work done by God.

In Judaism, seven was a number of perfection. The seven swans a-swimming continues the Genesis theme, reminding us that God’s plan included not just the six days of creating but also the seventh day of rest. We can remember to make Sunday a special or holy day by worshiping God, doing works of mercy, spending time with our loved ones, and relaxing. Everyone has a different expression of this – our favorite is time together with family doing something fun.

Lots to think about on the Seventh Day of Christmas.
Make it a Merry one ~ we love you all!

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11 thoughts on “Merry Seventh Day of Christmas

  1. please pray for Joana she is 41 she went to the hospital with what they thought was pneumonia and it appears to be cancer of the lungs please pray for has young children. Merry 7th day of Christmas wishing you and the staff a blessed new year 2021 with the stop of Covid. God Bless Everyone Happy New year evening and day.

  2. I loved the Seven Swans commentary. I have been using Universalis for the Liturgy of the Hours for a little over a year now and in doing some more research I came across this site. Deciding on if I use Universalis or DivineOffice or both and trying to understand the difference. Great ministry. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for your efforts In this ministry for all to give praise and glory through prayers to our Heavenly Father and His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus. God bless.

  4. Thank you very very much for this information about the seven swans. It is heartening.

    I thank God for all of you engaged in this mission of providing the Divine Office Liturgy for the whole world. You are truly being good and faithful servants. You are making God and all of heaven, our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and all the saints, with a big S and a small one, St. Michael and all the angels, very happy. Congratulations!

  5. I heard once that this Christmas hymn was secretly coded to English and Irish Catholics as a way of Learning the Catholic Catechism in Anti -Catholic England back in Reformation times .

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