Twelve drummers drumming refers to the twelve dot points of the Apostle’s Creed which, in Roman Catholic tradition runs “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.”
My own tradition, though Christian, distinguishes itself as non-creedal, that is, while affirming the historic witness of the great creeds, it does not require them as tests of fellowship.
Twelfth day of Christmas
What do I say I believe?
Christ love deeply known.
Drummed in with heart-beat rhythm is lasting trust in the eternal Christ.