There weren’t always 4…


On the continued quest for the truth about the 12 days of Christmas and using the format of the advent calendar to reveal some pearl of wisdom or at least authentic reflection of time and place, this 21st of December, 2015 years after the death of the boy about to be born, according to my cultural tradition, whether I like it or not.

   
 

 4. They weren’t always “four calling birds.”
The “four calling birds” that we sing about today were, at different times, “four canary birds” and “four mockingbirds,” and before that they show up as “colly birds” or “collie birds,” which is the archaic term for blackbirds. There were however, for some reason, always four of them.

Precise Origin Unknown

We’ve now heard that the song is code for the persecuted…

4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists 

   

lost
4 virtues
  

But what of the 4 virtues?

Prudence 

Fortitude 

Temperance 

Justice 

What of nourishing those, 4 days out, my true love waits…

   
 
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues 

   
    
    
 

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