January 2nd - The 9th Day of Christmas

Monday, January 02, 2017

On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

9 ladies dancing
8 maids a milking
7 swans a swimming
6 geese a laying
5 gold rings
4 calling birds
3 French hens
2 turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.

• A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ
• Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments
• Three French Hens - The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity
• Four Calling/Collie Birds - Four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
• Five Golden Rings - First five books of the Old Testament
• Six Geese-a-Laying - Six days of creation before God's rest on the seventh day
• Seven Swans-a-Swimming - Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
• Eight Maids-a-Milking - Eight Beatitudes
• Nine Ladies Dancing - Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

The nine fruits of the holy spirit are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
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