This is the last day of Christmas or the 12th day of Christmas (January 6th).
Have a great 2013.
A devotional for Epiphany is on this website: http://www.cresourcei.org/cy12days.html
Regardless of the origin of this idea, a number of Christians give the following meanings to the gifts:
- A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
- Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
- Three French hens: The three Biblical magi
- Four calling birds: The four Gospels
- Five gold rings: The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
- Six geese a-laying: The six days of Creation
- Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Eight maids a-milking: The Eight Beatitudes
- Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
- Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
- Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful Apostles
- Twelve drummers drumming: The twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed
|What is the religious symbolism of the 12 days of Christmas?|
|Here is one rendition of what the religious symbolism is for the Twelve Days of Christmas:
1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope, and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refer to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese a-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords a-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s CreedSource: http://www.carols.org.uk/
I have tried to connect Zachariah’s service with the birth of Jesus in the Post – The Day of Atonement, Passover, and Epiphany. The results are not what I expected about the birth time of Jesus. The legend/history is better than I thought.
I got the above information from the website http://www.12days.com/faq.htm