Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
A link has been added with the history of this Feast.
"On the eighth day of Christmas...my true love gave to me...
eight maids a-milking..."
Symbolism: The "eight maids a-milking" symbolizes the eight Beatitudes, given to us by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount.
Scripture: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who endure persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they have slandered you, and persecuted you, and spoken all kinds of evil against you, falsely, for my sake: be glad and exult, for your reward in heaven is plentiful. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
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