Wednesday, January 9, 2013

12 Days of Christmas

Last year I was really interested in finding out about the 12 Days of Christmas Song  I had a friend on Facebook that was posting about the "meanings" of each day so I thought I would do some research and found this website that had a devotional to go along with each of the days. The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day (December 25th) and go through to January 5th (the 12th Day) and then you celebrate Epiphany on January 6th.

I was hoping to do this again but since I was unable to access the internet on my laptop I had to wait until I came back to work.  So instead of doing the separate posts like I did last year, I will just do one big post.

First Day:  A Partridge in a Pear Tree, represents Jesus Christ the Son of God

Second Day: Two Turtle Doves, represent the Old and New Testaments in the Bible

Third Day: Three French Hens, represent the 3 Theological Values; Faith, Hope and Love

Fourth Day: Four Calling Birds, represent the 4 Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Fifth Day: Five Gold Rings, represent the Torah (first five books of the Bible), Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy

Sixth Day: Six Geese A-Laying, represent the 6 days of creation confessing the God is the creator

Seventh Day: Seven Swans A-Swimming, representing the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit; Prophecy, Ministry, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leading, and Compassion

Eighth Day: Eight Maids A-Milking, represent the Beatitudes; Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, those who Mourn, the Meek, those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness, the Merciful, the Pure in Heart, the Peacemakers, and those who are Persecuted for Righteousness' sake.

Ninth Day: Nine Ladies Dancing, represents the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Generosity, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

Tenth Day: Ten Lords A-Leaping, representing the 10 Commandments; You shall have no other gods before me, Do not make an idol, Do not take God's name in vain, Remember the Sabbath Day, Honor your father and mother, Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not covet.

Eleventh Day: Eleven Pipers Piping, represents the eleven Faithful Apostles; Simon Peter,  Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.

Twelfth Day: Twelve Drummers Drumming, represents The Twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed 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 [the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

Epiphany: January 6th.

Click on the link to the website above and you will be able to navigate to the devotionals for these...Sorry again that I was unable to post these when I was hoping to.

♥ Ashley

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