The Suspected Meaning of the “12 Days of Christmas,” According to a Catholic Legend

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Legend has it that ‘The 12 Days of Christmas‘ was written during a time of persecution in England between 1558 and 1829 as a Catechism song for young Catholics who were forbidden to practice their faith.

Each number signifies a teaching of the Catholic faith.

The song can be understood on two different levels:

1) The literal meaning of the words, which appear harmless enough to a stranger, and

2) The hidden meaning behind those words, which expressed the religious beliefs of a people who could have been killed on account of their Catholic faith.

Here’s each suspected meaning:

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Sources:

1) Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
2) The 12 Days of Christmas Isn’t a Secret Catechism – Here’s Why We Should Claim It Anyway (Ascension Press)
3) Origin of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ (EWTN)

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[See also: Is the ā€œ12 Days of Christmasā€ Really a Secret Code?]

[See also: The Incredible Christmas Eucharistic Miracle of 2013: ā€œCardiac Muscleā€¦Typical of an Agonyā€]

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Claudine is the founder, artist, and admin of the page Carissimae Dei. She loves dwelling in silence, mental prayer, and reading spiritual books. She wants to spread the Catholic faith online and fill the internet with holiness.

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Claudine is the founder, artist, and admin of the page Carissimae Dei. She loves dwelling in silence, mental prayer, and reading spiritual books. She wants to spread the Catholic faith online and fill the internet with holiness.