Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Series--Day 5--Five Golden Rings

I have started these posts to tell you about the hidden meanings behind the verses of the song The Twelve Day of Christmas. This blog series was started by my friend Faith P..
I am doing it a little bit different than the other girls participating in it, but I am having fun with it. I am also sorry that I haven't changed up these posts much, I haven't had time. But I hope you enjoy it; here we go!

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me! Five Golden Rings!
Opposed to the birds, five golden rings would be nicer, but I don't need them. So why would my true love give me five golden rings, and not one special ring someday? (This is just an example.)

Well, according to information I found on this song, (noted later) it was written to help young Catholics, who were not supposed to be young Catholics. This song, though not making any sense while read by the "enemy", helped the young Catholics to learn their "tenets of faith".
From 1558-1829 Catholics were illegal in England. The Parliament had agreed to kill any participant active in the catholic faith. Therefore, anybody violating that law would be put to death. That is a little fast history I learned about the 12 Days Of Christmas song.

Traditionally, I would have started these posts 12 days before Christmas, right? Well not this time. I started 8 days before Christmas, and I shall overlap over Christmas. But please keep reading.

Now what did all these verses stand for? This is what we will discover.

The greatest symbol: the, "my true love", mentioned in the song, stood for God.
And for today's gift, what did Five Golden Rings stand for?

According to this Catholic song, Five Golden Rings stood for:
"The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace."
4. Four Calling Birds: "The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists."
3. Three French Hens: "Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues"
2. Two Turtle Doves: "The New and Old Testament."
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree: "Jesus, the Son of God."

 Confused? Check out this link to learn a little more, this was my info source. And just to let all my readers know, I am not Catholic. I also give the credit for the descriptions of the meanings to this site. I did not make them up, and didn't reword them to much. It came from this page.

That's all for today! Tune in next time for the 6th day of Christmas!
 This wonderful blog series was begun by Faith at Chosen Vessels. Also, I got my information on this from here.

1 comment:

  1. So far in this song, the five golden rings would be better than birds!! ;) But if it was from my true love, I'd rather have one special ring like you said. :)

    I love this wintry-Christmas-y blog design, Amy!


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