On The Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Ten Lords a Leaping

It is suggested that “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was used by catholics, who were not permitted to practice their faith openly, to sing about their religion, with each element of the carol having a hidden religious meaning. According to this theory, the Ten Lords a Leaping, represents The Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments, along with the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer appear in the first book to be published in the Welsh language “Yn Y Lhyvr Hwnn” – literally ‘In This Book’ – which was the first sentence. It was published in 1546 and was the work of John Price of Brecon. Then in 1551 the Denbighshire scholar William Salesbury published a Welsh translation of the main texts of the Prayer Book, followed by a publication of the first Welsh translation of the complete Bible in 1558 by William Morgan

Between 1546 and 1660, 108 books were published in the Welsh language. Though a tiny number compared with those published in English or French, it was considerable compared with publications in other Celtic languages. In that period, only four books were published in Scottish Gaelic and only eleven in Irish.

The full list of suggested hidden meanings in the carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”;

* The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

* Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments

* Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

* The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

* The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

* The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

* Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

* The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

* Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

* The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

* The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

* The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So now you know ~smiles~

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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On the Lighter Side

Mr. Marlow was strolling through the country when he saw a stable with the most beautiful horse he ever laid eyes on. It was seventeen hands high and white, with rippling muscles and a fine, flowing mane. Mr. Marlow struck a deal to buy it from the owner who did, however, pass on one key piece of information.

“We are a religious family, Mr.Marlow, and we’ve instilled those values in our horse. To get him to gallop you must say ‘Thanks God’ to get him to stop you must say ‘Our Father Who Art in Heaven,”

Settling into the saddle, Marlow said ” Thanks God,” and the animal took off.

They rode for miles; suddenly they were coming up to a cliff. Unfortunately, Mr Marlow couldn’t remember the phrase to make the animal stop and tried every Biblical passage he could think of until, just a few feet from the edge of the cliff, he shouted, ” Our Father Who Art in Heaven!

The animal stopped instantly.

Shaking and perspiring, Mr Marlow reached into his pocket and pulled out a handkerchief.

“Thanks God,” he said as he mopped his brow…….

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Lord’s Prayer – and “Me”

You cannot say the Lord’s Prayer,
And even once say “I”;
You cannot say the Lord’s Prayer,
And even once say “My”.

Nor can you say the Lord’s Prayer
And not pray for another,
For when you ask for Daily Bread,
You can’t miss out your Brother;

For others are included
In each and every plea.
From beginning to the end of it
It does not once say “Me”.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Lord’s Prayer

Many of us say the Lord’s Prayer, especially when we go to Church on a Sunday.

But, how many of us, I wonder, repeat this powerful prayer in an almost robotic fashion?

Do we ever think about the words which we are repeating out loud?

Our Father

Thus the great and powerful prayer begins. This simple, yet tremendous, greeting establishes instantly, without any question or doubt, who is praying and to whom the prayer is addressed.

Which art in heaven

This tells us where the God ‘lives’ to whom our prayer is addressed.

Jesus said clearly that the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, was not in this mountain or that temple, but “within you.” In other words, we don’t have to run after it physically. And where we pray doesn’t matter a great deal as long as we worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

Hallowed be Thy name

It is God we honour. We are not praying to impress men, nor do we put our trust in material things or in persons. We are observing the first commandment given by God to Moses: “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

This tells us to stop giving orders or making selfish requests and ask simply that as in Heaven, so on earth, the Kingdom of God be manifest in our life. By surrendering, we place ourselves completely under His grace, and we bring the entire world, all sick and suffering humanity, into the care of a loving Father who alone knows how to achieve a harmonious kingdom.

Give us this day our daily bread

As to the when of our prayers, we accept the fact that today, this minute, is all that we  have to be concerned about.

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not arrived; and when it does, it will be now. The release from tension and anxiety is tremendous when we stop worrying about yesterday or tomorrow.

We must focus on today, and pray today, as our actual moment of contact with God.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

We must also ask forgiveness and receive freedom from all sense of guilt. But we shall not obtain our own release until we have forgiven people who have done us wrong.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

We seek to renounce all that is not of God. We say – and mean – that we wish to walk in His way, and to sin no more. What we are praying for is true peace of mind, and serenity of soul.

We are also asking God to protect us from the evil one (Satan).

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever, and ever. Amen

Why do we pray?

Because God is  in control of  everyone and everything, in all, through all.

All things are His and we are His.

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When you next say the Lord’s Prayer, please take time to think and understand of what you are praying.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Book of Big Prayers

The Bible is the WORD of God; it includes 66 books – 39 in what we call the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.

Reading your Bible every day will bring you nearer to God and the nearer to God you become the more He will listen to you whenever you pray.

In the Book of BIG Prayers you will discover many scriptures that will greatly enrich your life.

Prayers do not have to be lengthy ones; God is always very happy to receive your prayers, whatever the length, providing you are genuinely sincere in all that you are asking of Him.

Jesus said “Ask and it shall be given unto you” (Matthew 7: 7) – and thus it is, you will soon discover, on many many occasions when you pray.

One of the most powerful prayers in this book is the Prayer of Jabez. Not much is known about Jabez but what we do know is that Jabez was a very honourable man and that his mother called him Jabez because he gave her much pain when he was born.

And Jabez called on God – in prayer – saying:-

“Oh that you would bless me and expand my territory.

And that you will protect me from evil, so that I may not cause pain to anyone”

You will find Jabez’s prayer in 1 Corinthians 4: 10.

And the Bible goes on to say that God granted Jabez’s request.

Jabez’s superiority of honour lay:-

  • In piety towards God, the true source and characteristic of honour
  • In his pursuit of advancement being in dependence upon God
  • In his complete dependence upon God’s protection
  • In his unshaken confidence in restraining and preventing grace

In the Lord’s Prayer – of which I hope you are already familiar – we say ‘Thy will be done’. Not your will, remember, but God’s will!

God is the Father of us all. He is a wonderful parent and looks after each one of us – individually.

However, the saying ‘God looks after those who look after themselves’ is also very true as God can only help us if we are prepared to listen to His inspirational parental guidance. God loves us all equally.

By praying at least once every day – more often if possible – you will soon be able to establish a very deep and personal relationship with God.

The Book of BIG Prayers is available as a Kindle book which you may download by clicking below:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00G73RG74

Happy praying

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey Keyte
South Wales