From the Dean’s Desk

Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, lasts for twelve days, from December 25 (beginning with the communion services of Christmas Eve – the Mass of Christ) through Twelfth Night, January 5 (January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany).

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Did you know?

The Real Meaning of The Twelve Days of Christmas,
the Carol?

from The Lutheran Digest

From 1558 until 1829 Roman Catholic Christians in England were not allowed to practice their faith openly.  Someone during that long era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young members of the church.  Each verse in the song is code for a truth of the faith which the children could then remember.

The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.
The two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stand for faith, hope, and love.
The four calling birds are the four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The five golden rings recall the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese-a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The eight maids-a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The ten lords-a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve items of faith in the Apostles’ Creed.

So, dear friends, Merry Christmas!  The world may have moved on, but the church is still in party mode, celebrating the joyful mystery of the Incarnation, God’s living Word, Jesus Christ.  Rejoice!  Christ is born!