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The Twelve Days of Christmas

December 2019

During December, St Blasius Church was filled with many precious gifts… the selection of gifts given by “my truelove” in the traditional Christmas Carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Each gift had been made or sponsored by a range of individuals and community groups. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed, including: Shanklin Youth and Community Centre 50+ Group, the children of St Blasius C of E Academy, residents from Shanklin Abbeyfield, St Blasius Mothers’ Union, St Blasius Mission Group, St Blasius and St John’s Home Group, Pam Dana, Sherie Peach of “Mon Cherie,” William Hall Funeral Directors, Glory Art Glass of Sandown, and Shanklin Jewellers. Everyone who came, enjoyed seeing the beautiful displays and was intrigued to discover the “secret” meaning of each of the gifts. Although no-one knows the precise origin of the carol, it is widely believed that it was written sometime between 1558 and 1829 as a catechism song for young Catholics. During that time in England, Catholics were not permitted to practise their faith openly. Hence the song was devised to have a hidden meaning known only to Church members. The “True Love” one hears in the song is Jesus Christ - as truly, Love was born on Christmas Day.
EVENTS EVENTS
1 The Partridge in the Pear Tree Also represents Jesus, because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary, to protect its young by feigning injury to draw predators away.
2 Turtle Doves The Old and New Testaments.
3 French Hens The virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, from 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
4 Calling Birds The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
5 Golden Rings The first five books of the Old Testament.
6 Geese a-Laying The six days of creation.
7 Swans a-Swimming The sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Inward Strength, Knowledge, True Godliness, Fear of the Lord. Also, the seven Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Marriage, Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Ordination
8 Maids a-Milking The eight Beatitudes (from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel).
9 Ladies Dancing The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control.
10 Lords a-Leaping The Ten Commandments.
11 Pipers Piping The eleven faithful Apostles.
12 Drummers Drumming The twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.
The highlight of the event came on the Saturday evening, when around 30 students from the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys Chamber Choir, provided a wonderful evening of seasonal music, including Vivaldi's Gloria. Their director, Emily Renshaw-Kidd grew up on the Island and developed her love of music here. We were very grateful to her for including St Blasius Church in the Choir Tour again this year. A huge thank you to everyone who supported our 12 Days of Christmas exhibition in any way. Jonathan Hall
Shanklin Isle of Wight St. Blasius Old Parish Church

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

December 2019

EVENTS EVENTS
During December, St Blasius Church was filled with many precious gifts… the selection of gifts given by “my truelove” in the traditional Christmas Carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Each gift had been made or sponsored by a range of individuals and community groups. We are very grateful to everyone who contributed, including: Shanklin Youth and Community Centre 50+ Group, the children of St Blasius C of E Academy, residents from Shanklin Abbeyfield, St Blasius Mothers’ Union, St Blasius Mission Group, St Blasius and St John’s Home Group, Pam Dana, Sherie Peach of “Mon Cherie,” William Hall Funeral Directors, Glory Art Glass of Sandown, and Shanklin Jewellers. Everyone who came, enjoyed seeing the beautiful displays and was intrigued to discover the “secret” meaning of each of the gifts. Although no-one knows the precise origin of the carol, it is widely believed that it was written sometime between 1558 and 1829 as a catechism song for young Catholics. During that time in England, Catholics were not permitted to practise their faith openly. Hence the song was devised to have a hidden meaning known only to Church members. The “True Love” one hears in the song is Jesus Christ - as truly, Love was born on Christmas Day.
1 The Partridge in the Pear Tree Also represents Jesus, because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary, to protect its young by feigning injury to draw predators away.
2 Turtle Doves The Old and New Testaments.
3 French Hens The virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, from 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
4 Calling Birds The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
5 Golden Rings The first five books of the Old Testament.
6 Geese a-Laying The six days of creation.
7 Swans a-Swimming The sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Inward Strength, Knowledge, True Godliness, Fear of the Lord. Also, the seven Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Marriage, Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Ordination
8 Maids a-Milking The eight Beatitudes (from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel).
9 Ladies Dancing The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control.
10 Lords a-Leaping The Ten Commandments.
11 Pipers Piping The eleven faithful Apostles.
12 Drummers Drumming The twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.
The highlight of the event came on the Saturday evening, when around 30 students from the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys Chamber Choir, provided a wonderful evening of seasonal music, including Vivaldi's Gloria. Their director, Emily Renshaw-Kidd grew up on the Island and developed her love of music here. We were very grateful to her for including St Blasius Church in the Choir Tour again this year. A huge thank you to everyone who supported our 12 Days of Christmas exhibition in any way. Jonathan Hall
Shanklin Isle of Wight St. Blasius Old Parish Church