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.