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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

January 2012 - Music Notes

Music Notes By Jessica Baier




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Monday: 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

and 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thank you to all who shared their musical gifts during the Advent and Christmas season, especially to the members of the Chancel and Handbell Choirs, Jason Rising, Amanda Vosburgh, Rich Salvante, and Jason Robosky.


Have you ever wondered what the words meant when you sang this carol? 

Jessica found a clipping that explained this carol in one of her grandfather’s music books.

According to Roman Catholic history, King Henry VIII of England broke with the Roman church in 1553, resulting in the government prohibiting Catholics from openly practicing their faith between 1558 and 1829. 

The following was devised as a coded message for followers to remember their faith:

The TRUE LOVE in the first line refers to the Father God,

and the PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE to Jesus Christ on the cross.

TWO TURTLE DOVES refer to the Old and New Testaments.

THREE FRENCH HENS stood for faith, hope and love.

FOUR CALLING BIRDS were the gospels:  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS represented the first books of the Hebrew Bible (or the laws):

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

SIX GEESE A-LAYING represent the six days of creation.

SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING stood for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.

EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING represent the eight Beatitudes:

(1)   the poor in spirit, (2) they that mourn, (3) the meek, (4) they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness,

(5) the merciful, (6) the pure in heart, (7) the peacemakers, and (8) they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

NINE LADIES DANCING were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit:

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.

TEN LORDS A-LEAPING denote the Ten Commandments.

ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING refer to the eleven faithful disciples.

TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING recalled the twelve points of belief in the Apostle’s Creed:

Belief in (1) God the Father, (2) Son, (3) Holy Spirit, (4) that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary,

(5) Made man, (6) Crucified, (7) Died and was buried, (8) Rose on the third day, (9) Ascended into Heaven,

(10) Sits at the right hand of God the Father and will come again,

(11) the Resurrection of the dead, and (12) Life Everlasting.