The 'eight maids a-milking' are the eight Beatitudes
And, of course, in the counter-cultural Eight Beatitudes
in Matthew 5, Jesus says that the "poor in spirit" are blessed.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes
She concludes by providing eight beatitudes
of environmental stewardship.
Eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes
- the virtues in life Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount.
Eight maids a-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
The other parts of the song also have symbolic meanings as follows: Two turtle doves - the Old and New Testaments Three French hens - the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity Four calling birds - the four gospels or the four evangelists Five golden rings - the Pentateuch or the first five books of the Bible which describe the fall of humanity from grace Six geese-a-laying - the six days of creation Seven swans-a-swimming - the seven sacraments and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit Eight maids-a-milking - the eight beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing - the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit Ten Lords-a-leaping - the Ten Commandments Eleven pipers piping - the 11 faithful apostles Twelve drummers drumming - the 12 articles of the Apostles Creed'O
There are also Eight Beatitudes
, Ten Commandments, Twelve Apostles, Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, and Twenty-one Ecumenical Councils.
The "eight maids-a-milking" are the eight beatitudes
We shriek with laughter when we remember our pranks and jokes in convent high school, such as merrily mixing up the Eight Beatitudes
, inserting a ruler under the butt of the classmate dozing off seated in front of you, and the chubby classmate who sacrilegiously used her Sodality medal as a safety pin to fasten the waistband of her uniform's skirt after its button had popped out.
Referring to a reading he'd given earlier from Matthew's Gospel, the eight Beatitudes
, or as he called them the "beautiful attitudes", he continued: "These are Christ's warnings and encouragements.
CONTINUED from last Sunday's column, here are the last four of the eight Beatitudes
of Jesus, interpreted metaphysically: