All Saints Messenger - January 1, 2015

posted Jan 8, 2015, 11:14 AM by Church Secretary

Happy New Year to all and best wishes for everyone in 2015. 


 

Christmas has come, but it is not over.  As Episcopalians, Christmas comes and continues for 12 days after Christmas until The Feast of the Epiphany.  One parishioner sent me an e-mail the other day that listed the Christian significance to the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  I had never heard them before and so I researched them and found that there does indeed appear to be a Christian connection.  Here is what I discovered:


 

  • The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.
  • The Turtle Doves are the Old and New Testaments
  • The Three French Hens equal Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
  • The Four Calling Birds are the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
  • The Five Golden Rings are the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
  • The Six Geese A-laying represent the six days of creation
  • The Seven Swans A-swimming are the seven sacraments
  • The Eight Maids A-milking represent the eight beatitudes
  • The Nine Ladies Dancing are the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • The Ten Lords A-leaping represent the ten commandments
  • The Eleven Pipers Piping represent the eleven faithful apostles
  • The Twelve Drummers Drumming are the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

Now, no one can be sure that this was the intent of the author but as in all things there is no doubt a bit of truth wrapped around it and it never hurts to discover a new meaning to an old tradition.

 

Following the Twelve Days of Christmas comes The Feast of the Epiphany.  The Epiphany (Greek for "to manifest" or "to show"), is a Christian feast day which celebrates the "shining forth" or revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Epiphany falls on January 6 and falls on the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas. As Western Christians we also commemorate the visitation of the Maji to the child Jesus on this day representing his manifestation to the Gentiles.

 

In closing, let me encourage all of us to embark on 2015 with Christ in mind:  To view and treat each and every day as a miniature incarnation where we are being constantly made new through the love of God and the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.   Let us see the good in all people, help all people, and love all people...especially one another.  May 2015 be full of joy, hope, and just enough uncomfortableness to keep us faithful and in need of Christ and one another.


 

NOTE:  On Tuesday, January 6th at 6:30 PM we will gather in the Life Center for a supper of Chili and Cornbread.  We will close with a short Epiphany Service on the Labyrinth (weather permitting) with Compline and burning of the greens.  Please join us.


 

See ya Sunday!

 

Peace & Blessings,

Gary+

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