Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas

Monica on January 4th, 2016 | 15 comments

Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas!

The gift today is Twelve Drummers Drumming!
The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.

The twelve points of the Apostles Creed are as follows:
1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.
5. On the third day he rose again.
6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
10. the forgiveness of sins,
11. the resurrection of the body,
12. and the life everlasting.

Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas!
We love you so much!

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15 thoughts on “Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas

  1. I recently has a man come to my door.- I suspect that he was a jolly Southern Baptist. He remarked on all the decorations and lights. I informed him that they would be up so long after many had taken them down… be abuse I don’t worship at Walmart or Amazon. He burst into laughter so powerfully that i was glad I was behind the storm door withe the spray that followed. It was a really humorous site! In a good ol’ fashion drawl, he exclaimed, I’m gonna have to share that one with my pastor. I explained to him that in the Catholic Church, the “Christmas Season” extends to cover all of Christ’s life before His public ministry. The man was fascinated. So, never think real carols or decorations are just for your own festive environment. The also serve for evangelization, the opportunity to share our faith and tweek the interest of others.

    • oh…btw… yes I have my tree up early too. You can get purple lights at these Halloween stores that pop up. My tree only has the purple lights plugged in until Christmas Eve. It sparks a lot of conversation and works. Let everything we do point to, and glorify God.

  2. The second online catechetical of the VLCFF from the Institute of Pastoral Initiatives of the University of Dayton is “Introduction to Scripture” with “How Do Catholics Read the Bible?” – Fr. Daniel Harrigan, SJ., as the textbook. Not looking at the bible as meerly espository, literal reading, what is seen is what is explained, but exegetically, as an entire ancient library filled with eclectic works of spiritual literature composed by one author but inspiring many writers.
    True literature, written for the transmission of ideas and information through literal and figurative language, influences the conversion of human thought through education, edification, entertainment, etc. Fr. Harrington explains and encourages exegetical reading of the bible because its intent is embedded in its literary structure. Therein lies its proper interpretation, true meaning and inspirational purpose accounting for historical context of era, circumstance, writer, and audience. That the Bible and its interpreters have with stood the test of time is verification of its one authentic, and authoritative composer. Inspiring readers to

    …believe in God,
    the Father almighty,
    Creator of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died and was buried;
    he descended into hell;
    on the third day he rose again from the dead;
    he ascended into heaven,
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
    from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and life everlasting. Amen.

  3. I’m sure it must have been a great honor for you, Craig. When I was 6, my name was randomly chosen to be the May Day crowner of Mary. I remember praying before the drawing that Jesus would choose whomever He wanted to crown His Mother, and although I would love it if He chose me, I would understand if He wanted someone else. I wish I prayed for everything in the will of God so naturally now. I have to remind myself.

    When I was 7, I played the Blessed Mother in our parochial school, 2nd grade play. Both of these events were such an honor for me, I’ve remembered them all my life. I’m sure you will cherish your honor forever too. God bless us all!

  4. The Twelve Days of Christmas takes me back to childhood when I played Mary in our Christmas pageant. We sang this song and “What Child is This.” What a blessing for a child like myself who grew up in a family who did not practice their Catholic faith .

  5. Ooops I peeked at the remaining seven days; today is 30 December, and like an exacted child who on ‘Christmas Morning’, can’t wait to open all their gifts. I had to open up all of the gifts you gave us with your relating of the Twelve Days of Christmas here on the site that’s how well written they were; and to comment further on the meaning if you will indulge me.

    I have seen explanations of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas before, when as a catechist of thirteen years. I discussed them with my children in class. However, your team has done an outstanding job of amplifying the meaning of these gifts, and of tying them to the Liturgy of the Hours; by adding additional insights to the story.

    Before I began teaching religious education, I mistakenly believed that the song ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas’ was just another poorly written ‘secular song’ filled with claptrap about a bunch of nonsensical gifts some hack, (probably in the Brill Building,) wrote to further push the idea that Christmas was nothing more than mindless spending, and gift-giving, brought to a new high.

    Turns out the songs intended purpose did exactly what it had been designed to do; when the author penned it; which was to confound the authorities of the time. Kudos, to the author, the song is still doing exactly that. I can’t begin to tell you how surprised people are whenever I tell them how this song is actually a ‘catechetical’ tool.

    How many times have we heard as newscasters spew a tally of the monetary value of the gifts enumerated in this song; seeing it as a good ‘human interest story,’ while never mentioning, (and more likely than not,) not knowing what the gifts actually represent; which is where the real story is, because these gifts represent a treasure trove, whose value is incalculable; and without which, we would have No Salvation!

    With all of that being said your addition of the many exegetical details only serves to help hammer home just how important these gifts to mankind are. So I say again “Ooops I peeked…” “I copied too;” because I wanted a record upon which to reflect for myself and to share with others, when the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ have passed; and like the line from a scene in a T.V. series I watched, a ‘war weary’ Prison Chaplin while putting away the prisons’ Christmas decorations, quipped to a religious’ who also worked there; and had just come in to speak with him about one of the prisoners….”Well it’s Time to put ‘Baby Jesus,’ and the ‘Three Wise Men, (Larry, Moe, and Curley) back in the box for another year.” (No disrespect intended to the Wise Men,) my point is this…we need to keep the gifts enumerated in this song present in our minds not just for twelve days, but for the other three hundred and fifty three days as well.

    So for my part I’m glad for the song The Twelve Days Of Christmas, and for the fact that just about every singer on the planet has recorded it; I just wish we could do something to let people know the “Real Story” the song is telling.


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