Monday’s Mantra

Did you know …

The word Christmas comes from the Old English “Cristes Maesse” meaning “Christ’s Mass.” The holly in
a wreath symbolizes Christ’s crown of thorns, while the red berries symbolize the drops of His blood.
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with Trench Classes United.
Most of us grew up believing the Twelve Days of Christmas is nothing more than a song about the days
leading up to Christmas. Some believe the Christmas carol was written in code, with a hidden message.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. It
was during this time of severe religious persecution that The Twelve Days of Christmas was written. Each
verse refers to a teaching of church doctrine. Each element in the song is a code word for religious truth.
Every verse of The Twelve Days of Christmas begins with “my true love gave to me.” “My true love” is a
reference to God the Father;

Day 1: The partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus Christ.
Day 2: The two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments.
Day 3: Three French hens stand for faith, hope, and love.
Day 4: The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
Day 5: The five golden rings represent the first 5 books of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew
Torah or the Pentateuch.
Day 6: The six geese-a- laying stand for the six days of creation.
Day 7: The seven swans-a- swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Day 8: The eight maids-a- milking are the eight Beatitudes.
Day 9: Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Day 10: The ten lords-a- leaping are the Ten Commandments.
Day 11: Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
Day 12: Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.

The Twelve Days of Christmas actually starts on Christmas Day and ends with the arrival of the gift-bearing
Wise Men (The Epiphany) on January 6th . The total number of gifts given and received in the
song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is 364 – only one fewer gift than the number of days in a year!
Imagine giving and receiving a gift a day, every single day … except for your one annual day off! Yet, the
gift we are able to both give and receive daily resides in our very own hearts – His love, and there is no
greater gift than this.

I pray this Christmas Day will find your hearts overflowing with His divine love for you.
The famous composer, J.S. Bach, inscribed most of his musical scores with “In dem Namen Jesus”
translated; In the name of Jesus.

So, with the same heart and spirit, In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,


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