12 Days of Christmas – Day 11

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE.

Eleven Pipers Piping

By the 9th century, the bagpipe was the instrument for all medieval celebrations. This music had only one single line of melody, which suited the bagpipe quite nicely, especially for dances called caroles.
Drones, which could produce only a single tone were added to the bagpipes in the 13th century. The drone is what creates that background hum that you hear. As the demand for more harmony, multi-notes, and melodies grew, the bagpipes were losing their popularity and being replaced by other musical instruments. But, in never died out in Scotland! In the 16th century, the bagpipe became an instrument associated with soldiers and fighting. It had a real stirring effect on the men! Because of this, the English banned the bagpipe in Ireland.
In France, the bagpipe was popular as an accompaniment for dance. In the 17th century, a new kind of bagpipe was created called the musette. … Many French musicians often played the musette as entertainment for Twelfth Night celebrations.

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The Eleven Pipers Piping Stand For The Eleven Faithful Disciples

Well, the eleven pipers referring to the Eleven faithful disciples is a bit high order for me. First of all, in my understanding there were 12 disciples. Judas was as much a disciple of Jesus as the others. We may not agree with his actions but it does not make him less of a disciple. Nevertheless, I wish to investigate what the story of the Twelve Apostles teach us.

Though Jesus had many disciples, the notable twelve are important because they were sent out to convey Jesus’ teaching. They were Jesus’ closest students who perfectly understood the message Jesus carried. It is obvious from the Bible that Jesus talked to the masses in terms of parables so those less educated could understand His message from the stories. However, those who could hear His teaching in plain language were the ones closest to him, the Apostles.

They all tell the same story. The story of devotion and commitment. They embodied the teaching and the law. “You shall have no other gods before[a] me. (Exodus 20:3) They followed the calling and served humanity to the best of their abilities.

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