On the Eleventh Day of Christmas: 11 Pipers Piping

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 The 11 Pipers Piping represent the 11 Faithful Apostles.

 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.” Luke 6: 13 – 16

Simple ways to teach a little one:

* Listen to bagpipes being played!

* Count the 11 pipers in the above photo. Talk about how Jesus stayed up all night to pray about whom he would choose to be His closest friends and followers.  He chose 12 disciples. 11 of them were faithful to Him. One of them was not: Judas Iscariot was selfish and betrayed Jesus.  But the 11 who were faithful to Jesus have changed the world: they were the first people in the Church!  Their voices were so powerful: like the sound of bagpipes!

* Draw 11 stick figures and name each one, talking about how they listened to Jesus and learned to obey everything He told them.

* Then, ask the child to add drawings of your family members to the picture, explaining that we are Jesus’ disciples, too.  Add names to the drawing.

* Together, ask the Holy Spirit to help you be faithful disciples.