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Beatitudes

(bē-ăt`ĭto͞odz') [Lat.,=blessing], in the Gospel of St. Matthew, eight blessings uttered by Jesus at the opening of the Sermon on the Mount. Some, counting verses differently, say there are nine. In a parallel passage in the Gospel of St. Luke, only four of the blessings appear, with four corresponding woes.

Beatitudes

 

New Testament precepts of moral and social character ascribed to Jesus Christ by Christian tradition and invested with divine authority (The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, ch. 5, and Luke, ch. 6). They define which people may hope for beatification because of their social and moral condition (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”). They also call on those in want to be humble and submissive (“Do not resist one who is evil”). Societies with antagonistic class conditions use the Beatitudes to strengthen the system based on exploitation.

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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.
Ellsberg offers nearly 150 new portraits of women saints, organized into eight sections that correspond not only to the eight Beatitudes, but also to different approaches to God: contemplative enclosure, Gospel-based activism, penitence, mysticism, artistic creativity, and so on.
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.
Echoing the eight beatitudes preached by Christ in his Sermon on the Mount, Thuan said politicians need a similar set of rules that leave room for the faith in their profession: