‘Twelve Days’

Do You Know the Truth About the 12 Days of Christmas?

A sample from Book 2

 Twelve Days†
 
an english raid
catholics to fade
queen elizabeth invade
 
hidden christmas stage
counted twelve days
 
jesuit priests...for God† be brave
shh...can't right out say
our true God's† way
 
a secret betray
christmas melody wave
God's† life engrave

the children...learn His† way
 
my true love
almighty God† to pave

a partridge
in flesh He† gave

a pear tree
a cross's blade
an apple tree—
adam and eve to fade
tree of knowledge—
good and evil spade
 
two turtle doves
old, new
testaments made
 
three french hens
hope, charity, faith
blessed trinity colonnade
gifts of the magi—

gold, frankincense, myrrh
under the night's cape
 
four calling birds
four gospels
 
mark, luke
john, matthew

their humble hurry
 
four major prophets

isaiah, jeremiah
ezekiel, daniel
 
passing on our yesterday
 
five golden rings
five books of the old testament

genesis, exodus
leviticus, numbers
deuteronomy

our true maid
 
God's† eternal stay
nature, loving, faithfulness
six geese a-laying
creation of earth
in just six days
 
seven swans a-swimming
seven gifts of the holy spirit
 
wisdom, understanding
counsel (right judgment)
fortitude (courage)
knowledge
piety (reverence)
fear of the lord (awe of God†)

for us to praise
 
our seven sacraments
baptism
confession (sacrament of healing)
communion, confirmation
marriage, holy orders
death

a living portray
 
our seven corporals
spiritual works of mercy

feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
shelter the homeless
visit the sick
visit those in prison
bury the dead
 
seven deadly sins
 
pride, covetousness, envy
gluttony, anger, sloth, lust  

we must stay away
 
the seventh day
really is saturday
 
eight maids a-milking
the eight beatitudes
 
blessed are the poor in spirit—
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
blessed are they that mourn—
for they shall be comforted
blessed are the meek—
for they shall inherit the earth
blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness—
for they shall be filled
blessed are the merciful—
for they shall obtain mercy
blessed are the pure in heart—
for they shall see God†
blessed are the peacemakers—
for they shall be called the children of God†
blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness' sake—
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,
and persecute you, and 
shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My† sake
 
nine ladies dancing
the nine choirs of angels
 
seraphim, cherubim, thrones
dominions, virtues, powers
principalities, archangels, angels
 
ten lords a-leaping
the ten commands to obey

thou shalt have no other gods before Me†
thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God† in vain
remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
honor thy father and thy mother
thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery
thou shalt not steal
thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
thou shalt not covet
 
eleven pipers piping
eleven faithful apostles  

simon peter
james (son of zebedee)
john (son of zebedee)
andrew, phillip
bartholomew
matthew (levi), thomas
james (son of alphaeus)
judas (thaddues/lebbaues, son of james)
simon (zealot)
 
twelve drummers drumming
original apostles
 
simon peter
james (son of zebedee)
john (son of zebedee)
andrew, phillip
bartholomew
matthew (levi), thomas
james (son of alphaeus)
judas (thaddues/lebbaues, son of james)
simon (zealot), judas iscariot
 
twelve minor prophets of the old testament

hosea, joel, amos
obadiah, jonah, micah
nahum, habakkuk, zephaniah
haggai, zechariah, malachi
 
twelve tribes of israel
asher, benjamin, dan, gad, issachar, joseph
judah, levi, naphtali
reuben, simeon, zebulun
 
twelve fruits of the holy spirit  

charity, joy, peace
patience, benignity, goodness
long-suffering (patient suffering
over an extended
period mildness), faith, modesty
contingency, chastity
 
so they say
of the twelve days

(December 26, 2013)—[‘Twelve Days’ was written in 2010.] When I home schooled my children, this explanation of the 12 days of Christmas was in my young one’s history book. I always took the song as just that a song. But according to his book, it’s not just a song.

It was designed in France as a code to teach the children about our Lord when it was forbidden. I was stunned, amazed, bewildered for a long time; then one day, I sat down and wrote this piece. I am still in awe over it. I know all nursery rhymes which we read to our children are parables actually of really horrible things that have happened in history, the parables are passed down so the children never forget.

I don’t know why I didn’t post this before Christmas. I woke up this morning to get ready for work and came to check my book of faces and it came to mind. So, here it is. I guess it came to mind because the first thing that popped into my mind when my eyes opened was that Christmas day is over and my parents nor my siblings had the courage to phone me yesterday, for the second year in a row.

I was over all my anger when my children elected to watch The Nativity Story at 2 am in the morning on Christmas day. That story always brings us to tears. It is, I believe, the greatest movie ever filmed about the beginning of Christian life here on earth.

To understand the Jesuit priest who wrote the 12 Days of Christmas, who were persecuted in the name of HIM but refuse to bow down to a king, well, that’s the raw history of a Cajun in a nut shell. We are their decedents. A history to be proud of. A history that should give each one of us honor. Some of us have forgotten this. I have not.

Remember always…it’s not about expensive toys, diamonds and such…it’s always: Has been and will always be about Him and His father and mother. Amen.

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