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Monday, December 26, 2005

On the First Day of Christmas...

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34)

(I know, I know--this was yesterday's bird. But I couldn't very well blog on Christmas, now, could I?)

5 comments:

  1. Why am I getting spammed again? Why, O Lord, Why why why whyyyy???

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  2. Oooo, I can't remember what all the days of Christmas represent, so I hope this is a series!

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  3. I guess it's pretty obviously a series....


    well...


    good...

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  4. Nice. I'm getting informed. I always wondered what in the name of cheese that song meant. I'm definitely staying tuned. :)

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  5. Why do I keep getting such looong word verifications?

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