Wednesday, December 28, 2005

On the fourth day of Christmas...

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Four Calling Birds

The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God's reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.


  1. Well, why not the cardinal virtues, to follow the third day of Christmas? You don't want the cardinal virtues to feel left out, now, do you? Or, just to split hairs, why can't four calling birds be the Gospels themselves, and not the Gospel writers? Besides, St. John the Evangelist has dibs on the whole bird scheme (eagle imagery); and if he doesn't, the Holy Spirit certainly does. If you ask me Jen-jen, you're just making up your own interpretation as you go along.

  2. John, stop posting under Cassidy's username.

  3. Well, this probably doesn't mean anything, but the four gospel writers would line up with the corresponding verse in "Green Grow the Rushes-O", a similar Twelfth Night counting song.

    Come to think of it, how do you know that 3 stands for the theological virtues? Wouldn't the Trinity be a more obvious choice?

  4. Fidelio, tell me something, since you seem to have such a great source for information(which I will ask you to reveal later). Was the "12 Days of Christmas" song used during times of persecution as a means of teaching the Faith?? or is this just another Catholic urban legend?